Its the one day of the year that many dread, the superstition of Friday the 13th have controlled people for centuries, people tend to book the day off work and tend to stay within their four walls to banish the bad luck that the day may bring, but what strange true events have occurred in history?
Here are 13 strange true TALES of Friday the 13th!
On Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning at 13:13 (1:13 p.m.) in Suffolk, England.
The boy’s name was never released but according to British newspapers the Daily Mail and the Mirror. Rex Clarke, a St. John Ambulance team leader, told the Mirror:
“Suddenly there was this huge crack of lightening really close to the seafront and really loud thunder. Seconds later we got a call someone had been hit. The boy was breathing and was conscious.” The boy had only a minor burn. Clarke said, “It’s all a bit strange that he was 13, and it happened at 13:13 on Friday 13.”
On Jan. 13, 1989 the “Friday the 13th virus” infected hundreds of IBM computers across the UK.
It was programmed to delete files on Friday the 13th.
On Friday, Oct. 13, 1972, the struggle to survive immortalized by the movie “Alive,” began when a Fairchild airplane carrying a rugby team from Montevideo to Chile disappeared over the Andes.
Given up for dead after days in the cold, 16 of the 45 passengers survived. Ten weeks after the crash, two of the 16 were spotted. They had survived by eating the passengers who had died, a gruesome tale that captured the attention of the world.
Another plane crash on the same day killed 160 people. An Aeroflot Il62 airliner flying to Paris via Leningrad crashed near the Sheremetyevo airport, killing all aboard, UPI reported at that time.
Former North Wales bus conductor Bob Renphrey claimed multiple issues happening on Friday the 13th over the years, including four car crashes, losing his job, falling into a river, and crashing his motorcycle.
His wife even tried to schedule his funeral for a Friday the 13th, but all of the local undertakers were too busy that day. She believes he would have found the humor in it.
New York resident Daz Baxter was so afraid of bad luck following him around on Friday the 13th in August 1976 that he opted to stay home.
Unfortunately, his plan tragically backfired when the floor beneath his bed caved in and he plummeted down six floors to his death.
Nearly 40 residents at an apartment complex in Brooklyn admitted to overhearing the attack and murder of Susan “Kitty” Genovese on March 13, 1964.
The only problem, none of them reported it to the police while it was happening. Kitty ultimately died of stab wounds that authorities later reported she likely could have survived if someone had called them.
Psychologists now refer to this as the “bystander effect.”
When daredevil Sam Patch made his attempt at leaping over Genesee River falls on November 13, 1829, it was sadly also his last stunt.
Sam had previously had success about a month before at Niagara Falls, but reports from his final leap claimed he appeared out of sorts.
Scientists have had their eye on the Apophis asteroid for years with concern that it might actually collide with Earth on April 13, 2029, which will also happen to be a Friday.
Luckily, NASA has come to the conclusion that it’s more likely to just get very close to us before looping back around our orbit.
Michelle and Gary Docherty had a memorable wedding on Friday 13 August 2004.
First, a swarm of wasps attacked guests at East Kilbride Registry Office, Lanarkshire, as they waited for Michelle’s arrival.
Her aunt Mary Strachan smashed an expensive digital camera trying to swat one of the pests, and when Michelle finally did turn up, an insect flew up her dress, triggering a panic attack.
After the ceremony, two minibuses booked to transport guests to the reception failed to turn up and the couple lost their wedding video.
Friday 13 February 1998 was simply business as usual for Mancunian John Sheridan, dubbed Britain’s unluckiest man after once having his car stolen five times in one day, making 16 trips to casualty in two years, seeing eight TVs explode in six months and losing out on a £4000 lottery win when he put the ticket in the washing machine with his jeans.
John’s big day began when his Saab ran out of petrol. He hitched a lift with a sympathetic policeman, whose car broke down at the garage.
John returned to his car with a can of petrol, got it started but lost a wheel as he turned a corner. He returned home on a bus, which broke down.
Completing his journey on foot, he realised he’d left his keys inside the car and had to return in case in was stolen.
On Friday March 13, 2009, Thorpe Park premiered its new ‘SAW – The Ride’ based on the successful horror film.
However, it looks like the curse of the day could have struck because the ride had to promptly shut down because of technical problems.