Hadrian's Wall

On This Day - September 13th

If you’re already marking September 13th as something of a special occasion, congratulations! However, as it happens, today’s a pretty special day for tons of other reasons, too! In today’s guide, we take you through everything special worth knowing about September 13th, and even line up a few famous birthdays you might just share. Let’s dive into 9/13…

On this day

temple of Jupiter

A Roman temple was dedicated.

In 509 BC, the temple of Jupiter, situated on Rome's Capitoline Hill, was dedicated in the ides of September. It was said to be Ancient Rome's most important temple and the largest of its kind in the empire. It was part of the Baalbek complex and stood in what's now known as modern-day Lebanon.

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall’s construction began!

In 122, the construction began on Emperor Hadrian's Wall in Northern England. History tells us it was originally used to keep Barbarians out of Roman territory. Believe it or not, sections of the wall still remain, and millions of people come from all over to see it!

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo began sculpting an all-time great.

In 1501, Michelangelo began his work on the Statue of David. To this day, it remains one of the most famous masterpieces of Renaissance art – one that’s withstood the test of time, and one you can see at the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy.

View over Gibraltar to the Meditterean Sea

The Grand Assault on Gibraltar came to a close.

In 1782, the Grand Assault on Gibraltar, led by the Allied French and Spanish fleets, was defeated by a British garrison. The number of Allied casualties came to 1,473 people, with British casualties amounting to 83.

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday made an important discovery.

In 1845, English chemist Michael Faraday uncovered the Faraday effect that bears his name – essentially, he discovered how magnetic fields and polarized light work together!

Special Days Falling on September 13th

September 13th is a very important date for people all around the world! Here are some of the reasons why.
International Chocolate Day

International Chocolate Day

Considered to be one of life’s true pleasures and delicacies, chocolate is consumed all over the world. This sweet treat is the perfect dessert, snack, and pick-me-up! Really, when is there a bad time for chocolate? Indulge yourself a little today and fill up on your favorite chocolate or choc-flavored treats.

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

Today, we honor one of the most famous children's book writers of all time! Known as the man behind Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and many more iconic stories, many of us grew up reading Dahl's frequently twisted tales So, dive back into some of your favorites from the past today if you can!

fun facts about Europe

European Heritage Days

While it’s a plural by name, September 13th is actually a single occasion on which people all over Europe celebrate their diverse heritage and amazing history. Essentially, it’s the perfect excuse for people to learn more about how modern Europe came to be. In the US, millions of people love to dive into European history – and today’s the day to go Wikipedia-diving, to try a few continental dishes, and/or to take a trip!

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