Paraskevidekatriaphobia–Fear of Friday the 13th
Fear of the number 13 is traditionally believed to have gone back to the Last Supper when the 13th person (Jesus and the 12 Apostles), Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ. Another theory is that on Friday, 13 October 1307, Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar. Twelve was considered a safer number than thirteen–twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve months in a year, twelve apostles. Thirteen was supposedly the number of witches needed to form a coven.
The next Friday the 13th will fall in July.
Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the United States, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the University of Virginia) was born on April 13, 1743. UVA has celebrated Founder’s Day since the University’s first academic session in 1819. Today marks the 275th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth. Events will be held at both Monticello (Jefferson’s nearby plantation) and on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.