Is Friday the 13th just a superstitious myth? Friday the 13th, also known as Black Friday, is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday.
Well yesterday was Friday. Yesterday was the 13th of November and here are some of what Nature and terror had for humanity across the world.
On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway.
Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck northwest of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands on Friday, but there was no immediate tsunami danger to the U.S. West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska, the National Tsunami Warning Center said.
The quake was about 90 miles off the western shores of Makurazaki, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide blast and a roadside bombing that targeted Shiites in Baghdad on Friday, killing a total of 26 people and wounding dozens.
The suicide bomber struck a memorial service held for a Shiite militia fighter killed in battle against IS in the Iraqi capital’s southwestern suburb of Hay al-Amal, a police official told The Associated Press. That explosion killed 21 people and wounded at least 46, he said.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up on a crowded street in a southern Beirut suburb Thursday, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200 in an attack claimed by ISIS and one of the deadliest to strike the country since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, officials said.
A third suicide bomber was also killed when the second attacker blew himself up, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour told reporters, saying many of the wounded were in critical condition.
The attack during evening rush hour in the suburb of Burj al-Barajneh resembled the series of car bombs and suicide blasts carried out by Syria-based extremists targeting Shiite areas of the country in 2013 and early 2014 in response to Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian war.
“People were lying on the floor, bloody, dead,” one man told television reporters from the site of the attack.
A magnitude-4.3 earthquake struck a Baja California town in Mexico on Friday morning.
The quake initially registered as magnitude-3.9, but the magnitude was later updated to 4.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The temblor hit at 9:17 a.m. PT approximately 31 miles east of Maneadero, USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.