Friday 13th

The definitive guide to the unluckiest day of the year

We surveyed Great Britain to understand just how superstitious the nation really is.

So - if you are one of the 49 million Britons that dread a Friday 13th, allow us to add to your greatest fears by showing you some of the troubling "coincidences" that have happened on the unluckiest day of the year.

Explore the map to explore local luck and superstition, or click the icons to dive into spooky Friday 13th facts

Categories

Celebrities

Born on Friday 13th

  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

    Fashion Designers

    13th Jun 1986

  • Steve Buscemi

    Actor + Director

    13th Dec 1957

  • Marco Andretti

    Racing Driver

    13th Mar 1987

  • Kat Dennings

    Actress

    13th Jun 1986

  • Kate Walsh

    Actress

    13th Oct 1967

  • Christopher Plummer

    Actor

    13th Dec 1929

  • Max Weinberg

    Drummer + TV Personality

    13th Apr 1951

  • Fidel Castro

    Ex-President of Cuba

    13th Aug 1926

Died on Friday 13th

  • Tupac Shakur

    Rapper

    13th Sep 1996

  • Richard D. Zanuck

    Film Producer

    13th Dec 1934

  • Tim Russert

    Journalist

    13th Jun 2008

  • Lance Cade

    Wrestler

    13th Aug 2010

  • Jean Peters

    Actress

    13th Oct 2000

  • Zal Yanovsky

    Musician

    13th Dec 2002

  • Malik Meraj Khalid

    PM of Pakistan

    13th Jun 2003

  • Chet Baker

    Jazz Trumpeter

    13th May 1988

History + Origin

  • Kitty Genovese

    Kitty Genovese was murdered on Friday 13th. Her death that was reportedly witnessed or overheard by 40 people without a 911 call being made, led to several psychological investigations of what became known as the Bystander Effect.

  • Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace was bombed in the Blitz on Friday 13th. Four workers were injured and one died, however Queen Elizabeth and King George VI were both unharmed.

  • Jesus Christ

    In the Bible, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus was the 13th guest at the Last Supper.

  • Knights Templar

    On Friday 13th 1307, King Philip IV of France commanded for hundreds of members of the Knights Templar to be arrested, they were then tortured and burned alive.

  • Expert

    Cesca Major - Historical Author

    Cesca Major, Author of The Last Night, has recognised the link between superstition and history. She said; "It certainly seems that some superstitions have existed since time began, Judas Iscariot is a very famous example. I think the fear of 13 has been ingrained in us all from an early age, and I think if we can't explain something we tend to be afraid of it. We make it worse by continuing the myth and so is it the chicken or the egg?"

Recent History

  • Cyclone Pam

    Cyclone Pam caused widespread damage in Vanuatu and the South Pacific leading to 15-16 deaths. The cyclone's sustained winds peaked on Friday 13th reaching 250 km/h (155 mph).

  • European Union

    The European Union announced that 10 new countries would become members from May 2004, the announcement was made on Friday 13th.

  • White Dwarf Star

    BMP 37093 was discovered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on Friday 13th. At the time this was the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star.

  • Lightning Strike

    Thirteen year old boy, James Paget was struck by lightning on Friday 13th at 13:13, luckily he only suffered a minor burn.

Financial

  • Cheaper Properties

    According to Zoopla, properties that are the number 13 are around £9,000 cheaper than other properties due to superstitious beliefs surrounding the number 13.

  • Stock Markets

    On Friday 13th 1989, stock markets crashed causing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to drop down by 190.58 points. Apparently this was caused due to the breakdown of a UAL Corporation deal worth $6.75 billion.

  • Lotto Numbers

    Until the lotto increased the numbers from 49 to 59 in October 2015 numbers 13 and 20 were by far the least drawn numbers.

  • Cheaper Flights

    Friday 13th is the cheapest day to fly in the UK with many avoiding flying on that date due to superstitious beliefs.

  • Expert

    Rob Moore - Best-selling Author

    Rob Moore, Author of the best-selling book 'Money - Make More, Know More, Give More', has noticed that people are superstitious when it comes to their finances. He said that: "People invest in houses or other assets based on superstition. I’ve known people who have avoided completing a property on Friday 13th and who have not bought a house because it was number 13 and deemed to be unlucky.” Moore has also known agents to remove fees on properties numbered 13.

Travel

  • Costa Concordia

    The Costa Concordia Disaster occurred on Friday 13th and involved a sinking cruise ship that killed at least 32. The cruise set sail with 3,206 passengers on board not including crew members.

  • Uruguayan Flight

    The Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 carrying a rugby team crashed in the Andes on Friday 13th October 1972. 29 died due to the event with the remaining 16 resorting to cannibalism to survive.

  • Catalina Affair

    The Catalina Affair involved a Swedish plane being shot down on Friday 13th in 1952. The two Catalina planes that searched for the Swedish plane were also shot down.

  • Aeroflot Flight

    The Aeroflot Flight 217 from Paris to Moscow crashed on approach to Sheremetyevo killing all 164 passengers and all 10 crew members.

  • Expert

    Angela Illing - First Officer for Wijet

    Angela Illing recalls moments in her career when fellow colleagues and passengers would make jokes about flying on Friday 13th. Although Illing isn't superstitious herself and believes that flying is the safest method of transport, she does sometimes ask herself why the Boeing aircraft doesn't have a 13th row. When she was a member of the cabin crew, she often noticed passengers who didn't want to sit on row 13 of the aircraft.

Positive

  • Viva La Vida

    Coldplay released their hit song Viva La Vida on Friday 13th. The song reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100 and became Coldplay's first number-one single in both the US and UK.

  • Taylor Swift

    In 2015, Taylor Swift announced that she considers 13 to be her lucky number. She was born on the 13th of December, she turned 13 on Friday 13th and her first album went gold in 13 weeks.

  • Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath's first album was released on Friday 13th in 1970. It reached number eight in the UK Albums Chart as well as reaching number 23 on the Billboard 200.

  • Prince Harry

    Barring any incidents, Prince Harry and his team in the Walking With The Wounded expedition arrived at the South Pole on Friday 13th December. Prince Harry described the day as lucky for them.

  • Expert

    Richard Riakporhe - Professional Boxer

    Boxer Boxer Richard Riakporhe considers himself to be superstitious, he has certain routines that he follows on the day of his fights. Riakporhe said that he “would feel slightly cautious if he had a fight scheduled on Friday 13th partly because of the stigma attached to the date.” He tends to say a prayer before each fight to protect himself and his opponent from life threatening injuries.

Love

  • Unlucky Wedding

    Footballer Michael Chopra and model Heather Swan married on Friday 13th in 2008. The pair argued throughout their honeymoon and split only weeks later leading to a bitter divorce.

  • Divorce

    After ten years of marriage, Bill Murray and Jennifer Butler finalised their divorce on Friday 13th following Butler accusing Murray of abuse and infidelity.

  • Fewer Weddings

    Data compiled by TheKnot.com revealed that 1,345 fewer couples wed on Friday 13th July 2012 compared with the following Friday.

  • Lucky Friday

    A judge finalised the divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on what Heard described as "lucky Friday 13th", finally ending months of arguments.

  • Expert

    James Preece - Dating Coach and Relationship Expert

    “I’ve noticed a connection between love and superstition. I once tried to run a singles event on Friday 13th without realising the date, it only occurred to me once I noticed the date when ticket sales were low.” After speaking with his usual guests, they told him that they were reluctant to attend because of the date.

    When it comes down to dating, Preece said that: “It is surprisingly common for people to have a lucky item of clothing. It is often a shirt that they have worn before and been successful in.”

About

Our definitive guide to Friday 13th will guide you through the unluckiest day of the year. Ever wondered what areas of the UK were most superstitious about this fateful day? Or which celebrities met their end on a Friday 13th?

Aside from the usual facts you could just Google, we also got opinions from leading experts in love, finance, travel and sport to give us their opinions on how Friday 13th and superstition impacts their area of expertise. Did you know that buying a house numbered 13, could mean you pay up to £9,000 less? Or that flight prices are considerably cheaper on Friday 13th?

The campaign also includes a map of the UK and looks into luck and superstition in 11 different regions. There are different categories that explore what constitutes as lucky. For example, earnings, how many lottery wins there have been and whether or not there is a top 20 university within each region. In the top five most superstitious and lucky cities, there is additional information that provides general and love statistics that have been taken from the survey.

About the campaign

Friday 13th was created by the team at Casinopedia.org, your ultimate news portal and guide to online casinos.

Sources: TLF Panel, surveyed 1,019 people in the UK.