Friday, October 13, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 13

33 miners were rescued from the Copiapo Mining Accident on October 13, 2010.

33 Miners are Rescued

On Thursday, August 5, 2010, a "significant" cave-in occurred at the San Jose copper and gold mine located in northern Chile trapping 33 miners. On this day, 69 days later in what is now known as the Copiapo Mining Accident, all were rescued in what many see as an absolute miracle. The miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground and about three miles away from the mine's entrance. 17 days after the event occurred, a drill bit used in an exploratory borehole came back to the surface with a note from the miners below that read, "We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us." While a new plan was developed to get the men out, rescuers were able to send food, drink and other supplies to the miners until they were able to get the men out. On November 13, 2015, the movie, The 33 was released sharing this incredible journey.

The song "Happy Birthday" was written on October 13, 1893.

'Happy Birthday to You' is Copyright Registered

As of 1988 and according to Guinness Book of World Records, the “Happy Birthday” song is the most recognized song in the English language. (It is followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”) Copyrighted on this day, the song’s melody comes from the song, “Good Morning to All” and was written by Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893. In 1988, Warner/Chappell Music purchased the company owning the copyright for $25 million. The song has a value estimated at $5 million and the copyright should not expire until 2030. On September 22, 2015, a U.S. District Court Judge George H. KIng ruled in favor of filmmakers by putting the song into public domain.