Gioachino Rossini was one of the millions haunted by the number thirteen and Friday - especially in combination.
In fact Italians for many generations before him saw these two entities as unlucky.
But any fear of the specific day "Friday the 13th" was not recorded until Rossini declared it so, making his claim the earliest reference to this day of bad luck.
So it's rather remarkable that Rossini would leave this earth on a Friday, the 13th in one November back in 1868.
Coincidence? Who knows!