Top five Friday the 13th incidents
July 13th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Top five Friday the 13th incidents

Whether you're just a little more cautious today because of various Friday the 13th superstitions, historically, the day hasn't always turned out to be, well, normal.

Here's our wrapup of the top five worst Friday the 13ths.

In 1939, the Black Friday brush fires began in Australia. The fires ended January 20. They left 71 people dead, 1,000 people injured and 3,000 homeless.

In October 1972, the Andes flight disaster left 16 survivors after two months.

In January 1989, the Friday the 13th virus struck hundreds of IBM computers in Britain.

In 1996, Tupac Shakur died September 13 of gunshot wounds sustained a week earlier.

And in January, the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground on the island of Giglio, Italy, killing at least 30.

Today, as part of our coverage, CNN Radio's new Soundwaves blog is also featuring a podcast about tempting fate on this date, as well as a little history of how the superstition came to be. It also questions the kind of experiences people have had on this rare day.

The Belief Blog also has a breakdown, written by Connecticut College professor Stuart Vyse, exploring why exactly we fear Friday the 13th and how superstitions manifest themselves.

It's also National French Fry Day, so do with that what you will.

Let us know how your Friday the 13th goes, and what superstitions you have in the comments below.

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. NorCalMojo

    serves you right for making him carry your purse.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeff

    Hurricane Charley, Friday August 13, 2004

    July 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. beelzabarber

    Tupac? Really? You couldn't find a fifth "Top 5 Friday the 13th Incidents"?You should have just gone with top 4. The lady below who lost her purse/keys/pizza was more important than Tupac

    July 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anon

    Hey, I've got one, how about King Philip of France killing hundreds of your fellow templar brothers some early morning on Fri. the 13th to steal your orders money...

    July 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Circe

      Didn't the templars steal their loot from other religions they dinna believe in? Yes. They did!

      July 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I was hoping someone else knew the actual origin of Friday the 13th and why it has such a negative connotation...

      July 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marmot83

    This list is really pretty tame. I'm actually thinking it seems to indicate that Friday the 13th is Good Luck.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Circe

      Ya, in allof the thousands of years, they only came up with 5?LOL

      July 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sunny in ak

    A motorcycle rider died today on the Parks hwy in Alaska.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. D Rock

    Friday the 13th is the worst president we've had since Barack Obama!

    July 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Circe

      Well, aren't you the clever little cootie.

      July 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      And also the best, since, um, we haven't had any presidents since Obama...

      July 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Drew

    And then there were the September 2001 terrorist attacks in NY and Washington. Oh, wait...those were on Tuesday the 11th.

    When it boils down to it, Friday the 13th is just another day when both bad things and good things...not to mention run of the mill things...happen. It's just a day, like any other. Next topic.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    They list the death of some talentless thug gangsta rapper like it's a bad thing.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fanyallred

    On Friday the 13th. the Doctor told my Mom to hold it in but she couldn't. She gave birth to the beast. Yes, that would be me.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Halle

    Tupac Shakur? Really?

    Not a good thing but I would guess not in the top five of Friday the 13th disasters.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. maphoo

    I married my wife on Friday the 13th lol.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • pitt bull

      I married my husband on Friday 13th, 27 yrs later still good!!

      July 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    National French Fry day on a day infamous for the burning at the stake of French Templars. Not exactly fried, but heated nonetheless. Ha. Man I need a hobby.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cap'n Rita

    I quit my lousy job today...sure, now I have no income, but I do have my life and dignity back.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Good job! I wish I could, but, a little afraid. I'm going to save some more money first.

      July 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • SR

      Me too! Glad I quit. Already feel the weight off my shoulders. Though don't know what I will do next??

      July 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JC

    This is a clear example of confirmation bias:
    There is focus on the bad things that happened on these Friday the 13ths, but they fail to notice all the other terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and at tragic deaths that occurred on any other random days throughout the year.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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