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Friday the 13th fact

Posted at 9:51 AM on August 13, 2010 by Alison Young (2 Comments)
Filed under: Fun finds

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!

Comments (2)

Super fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Connie Sisco | August 18, 2010 5:12 PM

The same goes for Arnold Schoenberg. He was absolutely paranoid about Friday the 13th. He died on Friday, July 13th, 1951.
I think this is what is called "If you worry about it that much, it WILL get you!"

Posted by Lisa Ragsdale | August 21, 2010 12:10 PM