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Clarification on Italians within this article[edit]

Under History it is stated that there is an early document in English referring to Friday the 13th and it states that "like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number"

Yet within the section of Italians and the number 17 it states that Italians consider the number 13 to be, in fact, lucky - not unlucky.

Clarification needs be added. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:30, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Some More Interesting Facts About Years With Three Fridays the 13th[edit]

Three years before and after a year with three Fridays the 13th, those years will always have three Fridays the 13th as well. This also reminds me of one of Henry Dudeney's problems in his book "536 Puzzles and Curious Problems." Problem 528, "A Leap Year Puzzle," says "The month of February in 1928 contained five Wednesdays. There is, of course, nothing remarkable in this fact, but it will be found interesting to discover the last year prior to 1928 and the first year after 1928 that had five Wednesdays in February." Nothing remarkable, other than the fact that such a year will contain three Fridays the 13th. Finally, an American President whose second term commences on January 21 (because January 20 was a Sunday) will serve as President during three years with three Fridays the 13th. Ronald Reagan, for example, served as President during all three Fridays the 13th in 1981, 1984, and 1987. The previous year with three was 1970 and the next year with three was 1998. Neither Reagan's predecessor nor successor could have served as President in a year with three Fridays the 13th. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:15, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

The first statement is true when one starts with a leap year starting on Sunday. For common years starting on Thursday, three years before can be:
  • A leap year starting on Sunday (e.g. 2012/2015)
  • A common year starting on Sunday (e.g. 2006/2009 and 2023/2026)
  • A common year starting on Monday (twice every 400 years: 2198/2201 and 2300/2303)
and three years after can be:
  • A leap year starting on Sunday (e.g. 2009/2012)
  • A common year starting on Sunday (once every 400 years: 2099/2102)
  • A common year starting on Monday (e.g. 2015/2018 and 2026/2029)
GeoffreyT2000 (talk) 15:08, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

Black Friday?[edit]

Does anybody know where this may be a common term? The only time I've heard Black Friday used was in reference to the day after American Thanksgiving. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:22, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

Why are all these (redacted) blocking out any mention of the recent terrorist attack that happened on Friday the 13th?[edit]

It would seem worth a mention of one line or so. I mean I know the general person who is a professional Wikipedia editor likes to delete and bully other users and that's their main source of entertainment, but this is quite extreme. The article mentioned a bunch of other bad incidents on the day. Oceandozenre (talk) 20:46, 14 November 2015 (UTC)

This is an article about the origin and history of the day and its related superstitions. Bad things happening on Friday the 13th are a coincidence, nothing more. clpo13(talk) 20:48, 14 November 2015 (UTC)
then why can we have September_11#Events ? (talk) 10:31, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
Please assume good faith and avoid personal attacks. --TL22 (talk) 21:12, 14 November 2015 (UTC)
Events like this have been mentioned on the French Wikipedia article (hence I put the {{expandlanguage}} tag on top). <<< SOME GADGET GEEK >>> (talk) 00:33, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
There used to be a list of incidents, but there's no evidence that they're anything other than coincidence, and the consensus has long been not to have such a list. You can browse through the archives to find discussions of this. TJRC (talk) 01:22, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
Those discussions pertain to people who died on a Friday the 13th. Indeed, the recent incident in France could have added more than 100 names to such a list which of course we don't want. A list of events will not clutter the page as much as a list of deaths. <<< SOME GADGET GEEK >>> (talk) 05:05, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
See the discussion "Adding Events on Friday 13th". TJRC (talk) 08:18, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
Are you referring to this section in the Archives (which appears in the TOC, but not in the text)? If so, why is it hidden on the page? <<< SOME GADGET GEEK >>> (talk) 18:37, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
It's capped off by an "Extended Content" heading, so hidden by default. I don't know why, but I assume it was an erroneous edit to the talk page some time, maybe only hiding when it got archive. But it's there. TJRC (talk) 00:56, 17 November 2015 (UTC).
Someone had placed a {{collapse top}} template without a corresponding {{collapse bottom}} to terminate the hidden collapsed text. I added the missing collapse-bottom, it should be visible now. TJRC (talk) 01:04, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
The bombs in Beirut, Lebanon, were not on Friday the 13th nor was the crash of the Russian airliner, Bad things happen continuously there is no merit in pointing out those that happen on a Friday 13th. Richard Avery (talk) 14:32, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
Because they aren't relevant to this article? And who cares what the French Wikipedia does? We run things by our rules, period.DreamGuy (talk)
If there shall be a list of accidents, they should be accidents, not crimes. Otherwise that might prove the danger of that date in the wrong way. Maybe the terrorists chose Friday the 13th? --BIL (talk) 20:44, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
Maybe they did. Until we get reliable sources saying so we shouldn't guess. DreamGuy (talk) 00:46, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 21 November 2015[edit]

2601:201:8200:772A:29CB:A0FA:895A:647C (talk) 19:12, 21 November 2015 (UTC) Please add the St. Brice's day massacre into the text. 2601:201:8200:772A:29CB:A0FA:895A:647C (talk) 19:12, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

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  • You are going to have to be more specific as to where you want this and why you want this in the article. --Stabila711 (talk) 01:09, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Add'l comment: The consensus has long been not to include events that happen to have occurred on Friday the 13th in this article (after all, one out of every seven 13ths falls on a Friday). There is a discussion in the topic immediately above to revisit this, but it does not look like the consensus is likely to change. So even of the IP editor is more specific about where he or she proposed to add the St. Brice's Day massacre, it's not likely to be added merely because it happened to have occurred on Friday, November 13, 1002. TJRC (talk) 22:31, 23 November 2015 (UTC)