December 13: Day of the Week
December 13, 2018 was the 347th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 18 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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December 13 Historical Event(s)
- 1545Council of Trent begins.
- 1862American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats the Union Major General Ambrose E. Burnside.
- 1867Fenian bomb explodes in Clerkenwell, London, killing six.
- 1937Nanjing Massacre. Japanese troops begin carrying out several weeks of raping and killing of civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.
- 1937Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanjing – Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, falls to the Japanese.
- 1939World War II: Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engages with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.
- 1960While Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seizes the capital and proclaim him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor.
- 1972Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.
- 2000The “Texas 7” escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas and go on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot and killed.
- 2001The Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.
Who were born on December 13?
- 1900Jonel Perlea, Romanian conductor (d. 1970)
- 1925Dick Van Dyke, American actor and comedian
- 1941John Davidson, American actor and game show host
- 1945Herman Cain, American businessman, radio host, and politician
- 1952Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler (d. 1998)
- 1957Eric Marienthal, American saxophonist
- 1961Gary Zimmerman, American football player
- 1964Hideto “hide” Matsumoto, Japanese musician (X Japan) (d. 1998)
- 1975Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves)
- 1981Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)
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