13 freaky things that happened on Friday the 13th

If you're superstitious, then you'll want to be extra careful this Friday. 

It'll be Friday the 13th and bad, weird, spooky things seem to happen on this day. 

Here are 13 stories that will make your skin crawl ...

  1. US stuntman Sam Patch, known for being the daredevil who jumped off a platform into the Niagara River, made a 125-foot jump into the Genesee River, USA on Friday, Nov 13, 1829 and died.
  2. Director and producer Alfred Hitchcock would have turned 100 on Friday, Aug 13, 1999. He, of course, made films like Strangers on a Train and Psycho. 

    Alfred Hitchcock in Singapore in 1960. Photo: ST

  3. About 300,000 people died in a massive storm on Friday, Nov 13, 1970 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The storm also created floods that saw about one million dead in the Ganges Delta.
  4. On Friday, Oct 13, 1972, 45 rugby team members and their friends and families were in a plane that crashed in the Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the 16 survivors went through intense cold and hunger and eventually turned to cannibalism to stay alive.


  5. Hundreds of IBM computers across the UK on Friday, Jan 13, 1989 were infected with the ‘Friday the 13th virus’ that erased files and caused considerable anxiety in a period when viruses were still new.  
  6. Rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur died on Friday, Sept 13, 1996.  

    Photo: YouTube

  7. Known as one of the worst fire tragedies in Indian history, 59 people died in a stampede on Friday, June 13, 1997, during the premiere of a patriotic Hindi movie, Border. Another 103 people were also seriously injured.
  8. In south Florida on Friday, Aug 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 hurricane hit Florida and lasted six days. It's been marked as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.


  9. About 400,000 people were left without power on Friday, Oct 13, 2006 in Buffalo, New York when it was hit by an unusually early snow storm
  10. A London Underground engineering train travelled four miles through five stations without a driver on Friday, Aug 13, 2010. The train in front had to switch tracks in order to avoid a collision.  
  11. According to the Daily Mail and the Mirror, on Friday, Aug 13, 2010 (yes, again) a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning at 13:13 (1:13 p.m.) in Suffolk, England. 
  12. The cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a rock off Isola del Giglio on Fri, Jan 13, 2012. A 174-foot gash in the hull caused the ship to flood partially. At least 32 people died. 

    Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island​.

    Photos: Reuters

  13. Scientists predict that on a Friday the 13th in 2029, an Asteroid 99942 Apophis will pass earth, closer than any of our satellites

Sources: Discovery, Elite Daily, Epoch Times, Yahoo UK

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