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Unlucky indeed: Terrible events that happened on Friday the 13th

It may be a silly superstition, but Friday the 13th has proven to be a disastrous day for thousands of people over the years

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Buckingham Palace was hit with five German bombs on Friday, Sept. 13, 1940. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were inside at the time (enjoying tea) but escaped unharmed. One of four injured workers later died. Source:


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Also on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012: the sinking of the Costa Concordia. The cruise ship was disabled after it struck a rock off the western coast of Italy. As of March, the confirmed death toll is 30, with two people still missing. Source:


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Rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday, Sept. 13, 1996, after being hit by four bullets during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas six days ealier. No one has ever been charged with his killing. Source:


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Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed into the Andes on Friday, Oct. 13, 1972. The incident became famous for the actions of the survivors, who consumed the bodies of dead passengers in order to live. After 72 days, 16 people were finally rescued. The incident inspired several feature films. Source:


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Hurricane Charley hit the west coast of Florida on Friday, Aug. 13, 2004. The Category 4 storm, with winds above 230 kilometres an hour, killed 10 people and caused $14-billion of damage in the United States. Source:,


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On Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar. The military order, sworn to protect Christians visiting the Holy Land, were charged with many crimes, including heresy, idol worship and homosexuality. Many were burned at the stake. Source:,


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The Aztec empire fell to the Spanish on Friday, Aug. 13, 1521, when Hernan Cortes captured the city of Tenochtitlan. Source:


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