Friday The 13th Is Always A Great Day For Financial Disasters To Strike

Friday the 13th isn’t just a spooky day for anyone worried about serial killers named Jason hunting them down during a murderous rampage. Turns out it’s also a really unlucky day when it comes to financial disasters, as a few pretty bad ones have struck on this most superstitious of days. No hockey masks involved, however.

Daily Finance takes a look at a bunch of past financial nightmares that happened to land on this day. And while some are a bit of a stretch, there are some that are definitely bona fide bummers.

January 13, 2012: The Costa Concordia hits a reef and sinks, killing 30 passengers and damages of over $500 million.

Also January 13, 2012: Standard and Poor’s downgraded the credit ratings of several countries, including France, Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain, setting off fears of the European debt crisis.

October 13, 1989: UAL Corporation, the parent corporation of United Airlines, announced a leveraged buyout deal had fallen through. Panic set in, leading to a collapse of the junk bond market, and plunging values in the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. Became known as Friday the 13th Mini-Crash.

January 13, 1939: Australia’s Black Friday Fires burned almost 5 million acres of land, destroyed 3,700 buildings and killed 71 people.

Good luck out there to all of you! And for more disasters, check out the source link below.

Financial Nightmares: Friday the 13th’s Worst Economic Disasters [Daily Finance]


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  1. krantcents says:

    I was drafted into the army on Friday the 13th! It turned out to be lucky, although I made it that way. I never went to war zone.

  2. GenXCub says:

    4 bad ones out of several thousand over human history? I’ll take those odds.

  3. dks64 says:

    I’m getting my wisdom teeth out today, am I going to die?

  4. SaltWater says:


  5. bhr says:

    Wait, 4 “financial disasters” and one involved a loss of life and another was an environmental disaster?

    Then again, the article you copied included Tupac’s murder, so I guess you picked the best four

  6. CubeRat says:

    Not a financial disaster for me…..I got paid today.

  7. wrbwrx says:

    my wife’s car is less than 2 weeks old and it got hit and runned in a parking lot this morning. F the 13th!!

  8. TinaBringMeTheAx says:

    I was circumcised on a Friday the 13th.

    …I still haven’t forgiven my parents.

  9. MeowMaximus says:

    I make my own financial disasters at home

  10. MylesMDT says:

    That article is about as interesting as a “This day in history on your birthday…” article. Hell, Friday falls on a 13th as many as three times in a single year.

  11. jenrevenant says:

    Today is my 5th wedding anniversary! 5 years ago, it was also a Friday. yay!

  12. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

    Yeah, I’ve had my bad luck already, totally destroyed two iPhones. Whoops….

  13. dg says:

    The original origin of Friday the 13th being a bad day started here:
    In a dawn raid on Friday, 13 October 1307, Jacques de Molay and sixty of his Knights Templar brothers were arrested. Philip then had the Knights Templars charged with heresy and many other trumped-up charges, most of which were identical to the charges which had previously been leveled by Philip’s agents against Pope Boniface VIII.