On This Day: December 13th

This is 347th day of the year and 18 days remain in the year.

in history
1642
New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.
1918
President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Europe while in office.
1978
The U.S. Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first U.S. coin honoring a woman.
1981
The Polish government imposed martial law in an attempt to crush the Solidarity movement.
1989
South African President F. W. de Klerk met with Nelson Mandela for the first time.
1996
Kofi Annan of Ghana chosen to become UN secretary-general.
2000
George W. Bush accepted presidency 36 days after election; Al Gore, Jr., conceded.
2003
American forces captured Saddam Hussein who was hiding in a hole near his hometown of Tikrit.
December 13 Birthdays
Mary Todd Lincoln1818–1882, wife of Abraham Lincoln.
Dick Van Dykeactor
Ted Nugentrock musician
Steve Buscemiactor
Jamie Foxxactor
Amy Leesinger
Ella Bakercivil rights activist
Heinrich Heinepoet
Emily Carrpainter
Archie Mooreprizefighter
Werner von Siemenselectrical engineer and inventor
Ross Macdonaldnovelist



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