2009 will be the first calendar year in a long time to include three Friday the 13ths. We had our first in February, we're due for a second next week, and the third will come in November.
The last time this happened? 1998.
People speak of the recent financial turmoil as "much worse than 1998." That year brought a default on domestic debt by a large sovereign nation (Russia), leading to massive losses for a hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management. LTCM was eventually bailed out by a consortium of banks in a meeting hosted by the Federal Reserve.