Is Friday The 13th Really An Unlucky Day?

January 13, 2017

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It's Friday the 13th, which is steeped in superstitious folklore.  But are these Friday's getting a bad wrap or are they truly unlucky?  Perhaps history has the answer. Back in 2012 the Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia partially sank on Friday 13, causing the death of over 30 people. September 13, 1996 was the day Tupac Shakur died after being gunned down in a drive-by shooting six days earlier after attending the Bruce Seldon/Mike Tyson boxing match Las Vegas. The original "Black Friday" occurred on Friday, October 13, 1989 when the stock market lost over 6% when the news of the $6.75 billion leveraged buyout deal of United Airlines unraveled.  The mini-crash was not as big as the crash in 1987, when the Dow Jones average dropped 22% but did usher in the recession of the early 1990s. On Friday, October 13, 1972, a chartered airplane carrying 45 passengers, including a Ruby team crashed into the Andes Mountains of South America.  Of the initial 27 survivors, only 13 remained after resorting to cannibalism when a search party found them 72 days later.  It was the inspiration for the 1993 movie, Alive.


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