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The Most Terrible And Mysterious Things That Have Happened On Friday The 13th 

Jessika M. Thomas
Updated September 13, 2019 37.7k views 10 items

Everyone knows Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. The number 13 itself is tied deeply to superstitious beliefs that bring bad fortune and even death. So it's no wonder there are plenty of horrible things that have happened on Friday the 13th. 

There are enough creepy Friday the 13th stories to make one paranoid about particular date every time it comes up on the calendar. In fact, some are so superstitious about it, they'll do anything they can to avoid leaving the house. No one knows the exact origin of the unlucky Friday the 13th, but there are plenty of theories. It could've been the day Jesus had his last supper, or it could be connected to the Knights Templar.

Whatever the cause may be, history is replete with tragedies and crimes committed on Friday the 13th. Could it really be cursed?

The Murder Of Kitty Genovese
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On Friday, March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death outside her apartment in Queens, NY. At the time, it was reported that nearly 40 people in the neighborhood witnessed or heard Genovese's murder take place, but no one tried to help or call the police. Since then, that number has been refuted, though there's no question there was a lack of quick intervention.

Winston Moseley was arrested for an unrelated crime six days after Genovese's murder, to which he confessed while in custody. Moseley stated his only motive for killing Genovese was his desire to kill a woman. He was sentenced to life in prison for Genovese's murder, dying in March 2016 after serving 52 years in prison.

The Black Friday Fires
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The Black Friday Fires began on Friday, January 13, 1939, in Victoria, Australia - and the result was devastating. Almost five million acres of land were destroyed, and 71 people lost their lives. Thousands of homes and businesses burned down as well.

The fires were due to an unnaturally dry summer, combined with a drought that lasted for years. Many small blazes had sprouted before the Black Friday Fires; they were mostly ignored because people believed they would eventually die down. Instead, high winds caused the fires to fan out and eventually join together, resulting in the now-infamous Black Friday disaster.

The Buckingham Palace Bombing
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The bombing of Buckingham Palace is proof that even if you decide to stay home on Friday the 13th, lousy things can still happen. On September 13, 1940, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were at the palace enjoying their afternoon tea when German bombs went off in their courtyard.

Though the room they were occupying was right next to the courtyard, the couple was not harmed. However, one guest in the palace died, and several more were injured. King George VI refused to leave the palace and move to a safer place, and his wife and children stuck it out with him.

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Friday the 13th has claimed many victims, but Tupac Shakur was a shocking one. Shakur was a successful rapper, actor, and record producer. On September 7, 1996, Shakur - just 25 years old at the time - was in Las Vegas on his way to a club when an unknown assailant in a white Cadillac pulled up beside him at a stop light and started shooting. Shakur was shot four times and in critical condition for six days; on Friday the 13th, he died of internal bleeding from his injuries. There are many theories about Tupac Shakur's death, but none have been confirmed.

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