Fridays that fall on the thirteenth of the month have, since at least the 19th Century, been considered unlucky in many Western countries. There are several theories related to the origin of the superstition, including the combining of older superstitions that all Fridays and the number thirteen are ill-omens. Double your fun.
On this day in 2011 one in a series of significant aftershocks hit Christchurch, New Zealand, already suffering from a significant February earthquake.
On this day in 2010 the Gulf Oil Spill entered its fifty-fourth day. The release of oil from the damaged well-head continued until August.
Today strikes me as a potentially quite consequential day for terrorist activity on an arc extending from at least Abuja, Nigeria to Islamabad, Pakistan. There is a mirror image of this arc that crosses the Euphrates just north of Baghdad.
What’s on your mind related to homeland security?