Tuesday, the 13th of May, 2014 is the 133th day in 2014 and in the 20th calendar week.
General Events:
Rotuma Day 2014
May 13, 2014 in Rotuma
Rotuma Day is celebrated on May 13, 2014. Rotuma Day is an annual celebration on the island of Rotuma, a Fijian dependency. It falls on May 13, the anniversary of the island’s cession to the United Kingdom in 1881. As there are more people of Rotuman descent outside Rotuma than on the island, celebrations are held in other centres besides Rotuma, with big events in Suva and Lautoka.
Where is Rotuma Day?
Nationwide Rotuma
Leprechaun Day
May 13, 2014 in the World
Leprechaun Day is a dedicated to the little elves of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s day is a huge day in March that celebrates Irish pride and everything about Ireland. But, tiny Leprechauns with their precious, hidden pot of gold, deserve their own day reserved just for them.
According to Irish legend, or folklore, Leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold. If you catch a Leprechaun, he must give you his pot of gold.
On Leprechaun Day, we suggest you take a few minutes to admire your own “pot of gold”. Or, do something to grow or increase the size of your own pot of gold. Short of these two activities, we suggest you go out and try to catch a Leprechaun!
Where is Leprechaun Day?
Frog Jumping Day
May 13, 2014 in the World
Frog Jumping Day is a great day to jump like a frog. Or, is today intended to jump “over” a frog? Either way, today is a fun day. But, is this truely the reason for this day?  Read on………
The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain’s first short story. It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Later, he published it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is also known under a third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
While we have discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story, we have yet to discover the reason for this particular date. May 13th is neither the date of Mark Twain’s birth , nor his death.
How is the best way to celebrate Frog Jumping Day?
-Read Mark Twains story “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”
-Also, we don’t think Mark Twain would mind if you jumped like a frog or jumped a frog today.
Where is Frog Jumping Day?
National Apple Pie Day
May 13, 2014 in the USA
Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert! However, apple pie wasn’t even invented in the U.S. Rather it was invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a casing of pastry).
Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes except they included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—apple pie à la mode—was eventually brought to America where most people continue to enjoy their apple pie topped with ice cream.
To celebrate National Apple Pie Day, bake a delicious apple pie or pick one up at your local bakery to share with your family. Just don’t forget the ice cream!
Where is National Apple Pie Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1110 – Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath
1568 – Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside
1607 – English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia
1637 – Cardinal Richelieu of France creates the table knife
1643 – Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population
1777 – University library at Vienna opens
1787 – Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
1830 – Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
1861 – The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recited “Casey at Bat”
1888 – Princess Isabel of Brazil signs “Lei Auréa” abolishing slavery
1916 – 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
1927 – “Black Friday” on Berlin Stock Exchange
1934 – Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US-Canada prairies
1947 – US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions
1952 – Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India, Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
1958 – Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
1969 – Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1979 – Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Teheran
1981 – Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City
1989 – Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
1998 – Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.