August 13

August 13 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on August 13, include:

  • Gay Uncle's Day - August 13, 2023 (Second Sunday in August)
  • International Lefthander's Day 
  • Melon Day - August 13, 2023 (Second Sunday in August)
  • National Filet Mignon Day 
  • National Prosecco Day 
  • National Spirit of '45 Day - August 13, 2023 (Second Sunday in August)

2023 Weekly Holidays that include August 13, are:

  • Air Conditioning Appreciation Days - July 3 - August 15
  • Elvis Week - August 10-16, 2023
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week - August 13-19, 2023 (Second Week in August)
  • International Tree Climbing Week - August 11-13, 2023
  • Kool-Aid Day - August 11-13, 2023 (Second Weekend in August)
  • National Bargain Hunting Week - August 7-13, 2023 (First Monday - Sunday Week in August)
  • National Hobo Week - August 10-13, 2023
  • National Resurrect Romance Week - August 13-19, 2023 (Second Full Week in August)
  • National Smile Week - August 13-19, 2023 (Second Full Week of August)
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2023, will peak on the nights between August 12-13, 2023)
  • Safe + Sound Week - August 7-13, 2023

2023 Monthly Holidays that include August 13, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 4-13, 2023 (Begins 1st Friday in August for 10 Days)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 13 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1860 - Annie Oakley, American target shooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (d. 1926)
  • 1888 - John Logie Baird, Scottish engineer who invented the television (d. 1946)
  • 1899 - Alfred Hitchcock, English-American director and producer (Rebecca, Psycho, North by Northwest, The Birds) (d. 1980)
  • 1930 - Don Ho, American singer and ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles) (d. 2007)
  • 1951 - Dan Fogelberg, American singer, songwriter (Longer, Leader of the Band) (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • 1910 - Florence Nightingale, Italian-English nurse who was the founder of modern nursing (b. 1820)
  • 1946 - H.G. Wells, English novelist who is called the father of Science Fiction (b. 1866)
  • 1971 - W.O. Bentley, English race car driver and engineer who founded Bentley Motors Limited (b. 1888)
  • 1991 - James Roosevelt, American General and politician who was the oldest son of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (b. 1907)
  • 1995 - Mickey Mantle, American baseball player (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (b. 1931)
  • 2004 - Julia Child, American chef, author, cooking teacher and television host (b. 1912)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1943 - Evangelist Billy Graham marries Christian author Ruth Bell in Montreat, North Carolina

Quote of the Day

Change can be hard! It is easy to get in a rut doing the same thing, living the same way, eating the same way (or as much!!!), or acting the same way. Change is often necessary to move forward and become a better person.

We could all learn to spend less and save more, pay off debt and stay debt free, be kinder to our family, friends, and strangers even. We could all learn to give more, whether it is of our time or resources.

We could all accept that as we move through the different phases in life, that change will happen and it helps to go with the flow and learn to accept things that need to change.  For some point we should all stop driving as we become senior citizens, and at some point, it's probably not wise to climb up on a ladder. It's okay to rely on others for help when we need to! Change is inevitable!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

You are probably eating genetically modified food (GMO’s) daily if you:

  • Eat processed foods: 80% of processed foods contain genetically modified ingredients.
  • Eat non-organic foods that containing soybeans in any form.
  • Eat non-organic foods containing any form of corn. Most processed foods contain corn of some sort!

Most of you eat genetically modified food if you eat processed foods or non organic forms of some vegetables.

Learn more about Genetically Modified Food from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

This Day in History

  • 1792 - King Louis XVI of France is arrested by the National Tribunal and declared an enemy of the people
  • 1868 - An 8.5 - 9.0 Mw earthquake hits southern Peru causes 25,000 deaths and a tsunami that affected Hawaii and New Zealand
  • 1889 - US Patent Number 408,709 is granted to William Gray of Hartford, Connecticut for coin-controlled apparatus for telephones
  • 1905 - Norwegians vote to end the union with Sweden
  • 1918 - Women are able to enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time
  • 1918 - Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany
  • 1960 - The Central African Republic declares their independence from France
  • 1961 - Construction of the Berlin Wall is started as East Germany closes the border between the eat and west sections of Berlin to stop attempts to escape to the West
  • 1967 - The first fatal victims of grizzly bear attacks in the 57 year history of Montana's Glacier National Park as two women are attacked
  • 1969 - The Apollo 11 astronauts are warded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon
  • 2015 - A truck bombing in Baghdad, Iraq kills 76 and injures 212 others
  • 2020 - Israel and United Arab Emirates relations are formally established

This Day in Music

  • 1965 - Help is released by The Beatles in the U.S.
  • 1966 - Summer in the City by The Lovin' Spoonful hits #1
  • 1993 - Steely Dan get back together and begin a U.S. tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • 1994 - The Cranberries perform their single Zombie (video below) and the Carpenter's, They Long to Be Close to You on Day 2 of Woodstock 94

This Day in Sports

  • 1933 - Jacques van Egmond becomes the world champion amateur cyclist
  • 1948 - At the London Games, the U.S. defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France
  • 2004 - The 28th Olympic Games open at Athens, Greece
  • 2016 - U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps wins his record 23rd gold medal as part of the winning 4x100 medley relay

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Erratic (noun)

1. (geology) A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a glacier.

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