Let’s be honest: Friday the 13th gets a bit of a bad reputation for being a day of bad luck.
But that’s just some bad public relations. Sure, the number 13 in and of itself has always been considered a number of negative luck, potentially because 12 seems to be a number associated with completeness (there are 12 zodiac signs, 12 months, etc.). Friday the 13th, though, has negative connotations deriving from a variety of sources. The most prominent of those sources in Christianity as thirteen people attended the Last Supper, and Jesus was crucified the next day, on Good Friday. However, another suggested origin is Friday, October 13, 1307, when Philip IV of France had hundreds of the Knights Templar arrested. Dates in which the thirteenth falls on a Friday haven’t always only brought negativity, though. In fact, plenty of good things have happened on Friday the Thirteenth. So, today, let’s generate some good PR for the “bad day.”
- Lyndon B. Johnson made discrimination in the workplace on the basis of gender illegal. While Equal Employment Opportunity (Executive Order 11246) made workplace discrimination on the basis of race and religion illegal, it was still legal to discriminate on the basis of gender. Lyndon B. Johnson signed this amendment on Friday, October 13, 1967, and provided the foundation for women to have equal opportunities in the workplace.
- Water was discovered on the moon. Around fifty years after man first landed on the moon, NASA discovered about 25 gallons of water across the surface of the moon. This discovery was actually made exactly eleven years ago today, on Friday, November 13, 2009.
- The “Hollywood” sign was dedicated. The famous California landmark, dedicated on Friday, July 13, 1923, was not meant to be a permanent establishment. Rather, the sign was only meant to be a promotion for a new neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills, and was only supposed to stand for two years. However, it remains common tourist photo opportunity in California today.
- Heavy metal as we know it was born. Many music experts mark the birth of heavy metal as the release date of Black Sabbath’s self-titled album. The band has been noted as the first metal band in history (though, we think Blue Cheer definitely predates them), and certainly set the tone for the future of music including multiple metal bands that still exist today. The album was released on Friday, June 13, 1970 (an intentional move on the band’s part).
- Super Mario Bros was released in Japan. Mario is still widely played, even by today’s generations, as Nintendo has released multiple editions of the game. However, the game was released in Japan on Friday, September 13, 1985. Although the day may be considered unlucky, it did bring about one of the most widely revered games of all time.