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June 13th is a date marked by a variety of unique celebrations and observances across the world. On this day, communities and individuals come together to celebrate craftsmanship, raise awareness for a rare genetic condition, enjoy sports, and participate in an ancient activity turned modern sport.

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Interesting Facts of June 13th

  1. 1. June 13th, 323 BC marks the death of the ancient Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great, who created one of the largest empires of the ancient world by the age of thirty.
  2. 2. On June 13, 1971, The New York Times began publishing "The Pentagon Papers", a secret Department of Defense study concerning the United States' political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The disclosure had major implications for the perception of the Vietnam War and the credibility of the U.S. government.
  3. 3. On June 13, 1983, Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave the central solar system when it passed beyond the orbit of Neptune (the farthest planet from the Sun at the time, as Pluto had been reclassified).
  4. 4. A major natural disaster occurred on June 13, 1997, when a fire broke out at the Uphaar Cinema in New Delhi, India, killing 59 people and injuring over 100. The tragedy led to new standards in building codes and fire safety regulations in the country.