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. Just Me

    And now, today Friday the 13th, 2012. CNN game me the chance to add in inane comment on a made up story about a superstition. I think the universe of logic just imploded.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JaSoN VoReeS

    I'm out. Hehehehehehehe!!! State had to give back my hockey gear.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    How about Friday, October 13, 1307 when the Knights Templar in France were arrested, tortured, and killed?

    July 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      That required too much research...

      July 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      messy masonists...the friday the13th is a sign of your demise...that is why you call it bad luck...for it is another reminder that your days are numbered and your defeat is certain...a sign of victory...

      July 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • HopeFloats

      All on Friday?

      July 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS Eliot

      Wow! After all of the other people the Knights Templar arrested, tortured, and killed? Shocking. Not.

      July 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JaSoN VoRheeS

    Ya like baseball bats and chainsaws? Hehehehehehehehehehe!

    July 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hadenuffyet

    Not just the day , it's the number , how many skyscapers don't have a 13th floor?

    July 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense Isn't So Common

      Ummm...ALL skyscrapers DO have a 13th floor!!! They just skip 13 in the numbering. So for anyone working or living on the 14th floor, they are essentially on the 13th. Calling it something else doesn't mean it isn't there.

      July 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shawn

    How about October 13, 1307? On that Friday King Phillip of France issued orders to arrest all Templar Knights. Over 600 Templars were arrested, tortured and executed within days of that order.

    Many historians consider that day to be the origination of the superstition for bad luck on Friday the 13th not to mention the end of the Templars. These are the same Templar Knights who protected pilgrams to the Holy Land, fought for the Church during the Crusades and set up a banking system that nobody had ever seen prior and is still used today after nearly 750 years, but yea, I guess Tupac getting shot was a pretty important event that changed the world too.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. myoleman

    There is a hell allright, and it's really dreadful. God has never deserted us: WE have deserted Him many times. Only those who don't trust Lord Jesus as their personal Savior will experience the paroximal pain of hell. it is God's will that none should perish, but that all may have eternal life.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Dude

    Or someone might find wires on board.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Penny Nickels

    If Abraham Lincoln had been shot a day earlier, he would have been killed on Friday the 13th.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sir Abraham

    Leaving the Knights Templar off this list is like having a

    "Top 5 things that happened at Lincoln's last theatre visit" that only had:

    5) 2 hour trailer for Costners play "Dirtworld"
    4) Babies, crying babies
    3) Concession stand only had Kettle corn instead of regular popcorn
    2) Coca-Cola had *just* stopped putting actual cocaine in the drink
    1) People wouldn't put their Morse code units on vibrate

    July 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Penny Nickels

    I walked under a ladder this morning and saw a black cat crossing the road. So far, so good!

    July 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    What do aliens and Jesus have to with Friday the 13th? Nothing! The only real reason we call Friday the 13th a "Bad Luck" day is because of the Knights Templar as stated earlier in this post. Bad things happen every day, and in every way all over this planet. The article simple stated some of them as related to famous people and news events. I'm sure that the magnatude of the "Bad Luck" can get much worse if you count how may murders and rapes happen each day all over the world! Everyday is a "Bad Luck" day for a lot of unfortunate people, so Friday the 13th is just another day.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HopeFloats

    Wow, you go back 70 years and all that has gone wrong on Friday the 13th is brush fires, a computer virus and a soccer team's plane crashing in the Andes? Either Friday the 13th is the safest day on the calendar or CNN didn't bother to do any research at all.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    If you take the date of 9/11 add up the numbers then divide into 2 as in two towers, then take the total of people killed and...oh never mind, I'm going out for a beer!

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

    Weren't the Templars slaughtered on Friday the 13th?

    July 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      it was the day they executed their leader deMolay. he cursed the king that day saying he would be dead in a year. and so it was

      July 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
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