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Five Men Who Hated (or Loved) the Number 13

On this Friday the 13th, read about these famous people from history who had a close connection to the supposedly unlucky number

The Thirteen Club

Thirteen Club
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In the 1880s, The Thirteen Club among whose members included five U.S. Presidents as honorary members, was formed to counteract the wide-spread superstition of “13 at the table” being unlucky. It is said that if 13 people sit at a dinner table together, one will die within a year of the meeting. The club’s founding members met on the 13th of the month for a dinner served to 13 people. By 1887, the club had at least 400 members, some of whom included William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt. Take that superstition.

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