December 13th Events

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December 13th, 2007 (December 13 2007)EventThe Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players to be named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.
December 13th, 2006 (December 13 2006)EventThe Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
December 13th, 2004 (December 13 2004)EventFormer Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
December 13th, 2003 (December 13 2003)EventFormer Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).Saddam Hussein Quotes
December 13th, 2002 (December 13 2002)EventEnlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
December 13th, 2001 (December 13 2001)Eventthe Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.
December 13th, 2000 (December 13 2000)EventThe "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas and go on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot and killed.John Aubrey Quotes
December 13th, 2000 (December 13 2000)EventAmerican Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
December 13th, 1996 (December 13 1996)EventKofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
December 13th, 1989 (December 13 1989)EventThe last issue of Gnistan (The Spark), the organ of the Solidaritetspartiet, is published in Sweden.
December 13th, 1981 (December 13 1981)EventGeneral Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland to prevent dismantling of the communist system by Solidarity. Martial Quotes
December 13th, 1979 (December 13 1979)EventThe Canadian Government of Prime Minister Joe Clark is defeated in the House of Commons, prompting the 1980 Canadian election.
December 13th, 1977 (December 13 1977)EventA DC-3 aircraft chartered from the Indianapolis-based National Jet crashes near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff and boosters of the team. Evans Quotes
December 13th, 1974 (December 13 1974)EventMalta becomes a republic.
December 13th, 1972 (December 13 1972)EventApollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. This was the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.
December 13th, 1968 (December 13 1968)EventBrazilian president Artur da Costa e Silva decrees the AI-5 (or the fifth Institutional Act), which lasts until 1978 and marks the beginning of the hard times of Brazilian military dictatorship.
December 13th, 1967 (December 13 1967)EventConstantine II of Greece attempts an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels
December 13th, 1967 (December 13 1967)EventSan Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours.
December 13th, 1962 (December 13 1962)EventNASA "Relay 1" launch, first active repeater communications satellite in orbit.
December 13th, 1959 (December 13 1959)EventArchbishop Makarios becomes the first President of Cyprus.
December 13th, 1951 (December 13 1951)EventMargaret Thatcher (Roberts) marries Denis Thatcher at City Methodist in London.Margaret Thatcher Quotes
December 13th, 1949 (December 13 1949)EventThe Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.
December 13th, 1943 (December 13 1943)EventWorld War II: 710 Bombers of U.S. 8th Air Force attack Kiel, Germany.
December 13th, 1941 (December 13 1941)EventWorld War II: Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States.
December 13th, 1939 (December 13 1939)EventWorld War II: Battle of the River PlateCaptain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engages with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.
December 13th, 1938 (December 13 1938)EventThe Holocaust: 100 deportees from Sachsenhausen build the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg.
December 13th, 1937 (December 13 1937)EventSecond Sino-Japanese War: Battle of NanjingNanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, falls to the Japanese.
December 13th, 1937 (December 13 1937)EventNanjing Massacre. Japanese troops begin carrying out several weeks of raping and killing of civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.
December 13th, 1862 (December 13 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats the Union Major General Ambrose E. Burnside.Robert Burns Quotes
December 13th, 1769 (December 13 1769)EventDartmouth College is founded by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, with a Royal Charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal Governor John Wentworth.John Hart Quotes
December 13th, 1643 (December 13 1643)EventEnglish Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire.
December 13th, 1642 (December 13 1642)EventAbel Janszoon Tasman reaches New Zealand.
December 13th, 1636 (December 13 1636)EventThe Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
December 13th, 1577 (December 13 1577)EventSir Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.
December 13th, 1545 (December 13 1545)EventCouncil of Trent begins.
December 13th, 1294 (December 13 1294)EventSaint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.
December 13th, 1204 (December 13 1204)EventMaimonides dies

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