Every day of the year probably has significance attached to it sometime in the world’s history. But if you’re interested in what happened on April 13, here are some examples.
In 837 A.D., there was the best view of Hailey’s Comet in 2000 years. This is the most peaceful of all the events I could find that occurred on this day.
Once the Crusades started in the thirteenth century, things took a turn for the worse. There was the Battle of Theiss in 1241, the defeat of the seventh Crusade in 1250; and, in 1556, Portuguese Marranos who reverted to their original Judaic Judaism from Christianity were ordered burned at the stake by the current Pope.
Granted, Handel’s “Messiah” was performed on this day for the first time in 1742; and John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premiered in 1896. But in between, we have had dictators and dire consequences.
Which brings me to today when the United States dropped the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) on Afghanistan to destroy various tunnels where ISIS hides. The MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used, and time will tell what this means historically.
For me, it’s a black mark on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Next year, it will be Friday, April 13, 2018. And I shudder to think what could happen.