On October 13th

October 13th is a date that’s a landmark in survival-related human achievements. The day marks the beginning of a group of plane crash survivors’ ordeal trapped high up in the snowy Andes mountains, and the end of a group’s time trapped somewhere the polar opposite – trapped in a mine.

Famous Historical Events

1892: At the Mount Lemmon Observatory in the Santa Catalina mountains, near Tuscon, Arizona, American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard discovered the first comet via photographic means. The comet received the unmemorable name of 206P/Barnard–Boattini before being “lost” until 2008.

1903: The Boston Red Sox, then known as the Boston Americans, won the first ever World Series in Major League Baseball, beating Pittsburgh Pirates. The game itself was an exciting one, with Boston coming back from a three games to one deficit, to win the final four games and as such, the title. Such a comeback has only happened on ten other occasions in professional baseball.

1972: Perhaps one of the most famous plane crashes of all time, and the inspiration for both books and movies, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571’s crash in the Andes was a story that shocked the world. In order to survive, survivors of the crash had no choice but to eat the flesh of those who didn’t make it. Over two months after the crash, on the 23 December, 16 survivors were finally rescued following a heroic 10-day trek by two of the fittest passengers that found help.

1983: Now a part of AT&T, Ameritech Mobile Communications was the first company to provide a cellular network for cell phone owners in the U.S. The service was first launched to the public in Chicago, Illinois.

2010: 33 miners who were trapped underground as a result of a collapse at the Sane Jose Mine in the Atacama desert finally reached the surface following an ambitious rescue attempt. The mine, located around 800 km north of the capital Santiago, is one of the busiest copper and gold mines in Chile.

Famous Birthdays

2001: Caleb McLaughlin

Best known as Lucas in Stranger Things, Caleb McLaughlin began his acting career on Broadway as Young Simba in The Lion King musical. Since his breakthrough television role in Stranger Things, Caleb has gone on to appear in other shows such as and provided a voice over in popular Netflix series Final Space.

1989: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician best known for her outspoken activism and social media presence. Her victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries was widely regarded as being the biggest shock of the elections as she defeated a ten-term incumbent and won New York’s 14th congressional district.

1941: Paul Simon

Half of musical duo Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon has had a music career that spans a whopping seven decades. He has received a number of prestigious awards and accolades throughout his career, including being named as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time Magazine in 2006, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. 

1971: Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen is a British comedian who is famous for creating and portraying a wide range of fictional characters in both movies and television. His characters are often extremely stereotypical and satirical, this is especially true in the cases of Ali G and Borat.