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1964Shirley Englehorn & Sam Snead wins Haig & Haig Mixed Foursome Golf

2003Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).

1970Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady" premieres in NYC

2007The 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.

1990South African President De Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid

1996Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

1964In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

1833HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin arrives in Port Deseado, Patagonia

1950James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

1577Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world

December 13th Historical Events
Date Event
1294
Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit. 
1545
Council of Trent (19th ecumenical council) opened by Pope Paul III 
1570
Sweden/Denmark signs Peace of Stettin 
1572
Spanish army beats Geuzen fleet (confederacy of Calvinist Dutch nobles) under admiral Lumey 
1577
Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world 
1621
Emperor Ferdinand II delegates 1st anti-Reformation decree 
1636
The 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. 
1642
Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights the South Island of present day New Zealand; initially he calls it Staten Landt and changes it a year later to Nieuw Zeeland 
1643
English Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire. 
1668
Jean Racine's "Britannicus" premieres in Paris 
1734
England & Russia sign trade agreement 
1742
Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes 
1759
1st music store in America opens (Phila) 
1769
Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter 
1774
1st incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and Mary, New Hampshire 
1816
Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston 
1823
Gioacchino Rossini arrives in London 
1833
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin arrives in Port Deseado, Patagonia 
1861
Battle of Alleghany Summit, WV 
1862
Battle of Fredericksburg, VA (Marye's Heights) 
1864
Battle of Ft McAllister, GA 
1879
1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware) 
1889
Belgium rules on women/child labor law 
1895
1st complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony 
1900
Battle at Nooitgedacht: generals The la Rey/Smuts beat Britten 
1901
Test debut of S F Barnes v Aust SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings 
1902
British and German ships begin to bombard the Venezuelan forts after President Castro refuses to comply with an ultimatum demanding that he claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899; Castro asks US President Roosevelt to arbitrate 
1903
Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone mound (NJ) 
1903
Wright Bros make 1st flight at Kittyhawk 
1906
German chancellor Bernhard von Bulow disbands the Parliament 
1907
George Gunn scores 119 on Test debut v Australia SCG 
1907
German emperor Wilhelm II visits Amsterdam 
1913
British foreign minister Sir Edward Grey proposes that southern Albania be divided between Greece and Albania with compensation to Greece in the Aegean islands 
1916
Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian & Italian troops in 24 hrs in Tyrol 
1916
Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin 
1916
French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle 
1918
US army of occupation crosses Rhine, enters Germany 
1918
Wilson, becomes 1st to make a foreign visit as president (France) 
1919
Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London 
1920
F Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star (Betelgeuse) 
1920
League of nations establishes Intl Court of Justice in The Hague 
1920
Netherland breaks contact with kingdom of Serbia, Croatia & Slavia 
1922
Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps 
1924
KOA-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions 
1928
Clip-on tie designed 
1928
George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (NYC) 
1930
George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him 
1930
Theodore Steeg forms French government 
1934
Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Bros) opens at 237 W 51st St NYC 
1936
Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Wash DC 
1936
Green Bay Packers win NFL championship 
1938
Los Angeles freezes at 28°F 
1939
Battle of the River Plate - 3 British cruisers vs German pocket battleship Graf Spee 
1941
German occupiers forbid National Front & Netherland Union 
1941
Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die 
1941
U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal 
1942
Seyss-Inquart allows Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert to call himself Leader 
1942
Washington Redskins defeat Chic Bears 14-6, to win NFL title 
1943
150 US Marauders bomb Schiphol 
1944
Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138 
1944
Norman Krasna's "Dear Ruth" premieres in NYC 
1946
Leon Blum elected French premier 
1947
"Caribbean Carnival" closes at International NYC after 11 perfs 
1947
Maine Turnpike opens to traffic 
1949
AL votes down proposal to revive spitball 
1949
Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem 
1950
"Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 perfs 
1950
James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial 
1953
KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000 Robinson retires 
1959
Archbishop Makarios elected 1st president of Cyprus 
1960
Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals) 
1960
Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane 
1961
Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein 
1961
Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann 
1961
Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller 
1962
Relay 1 communication satellite launched 
1963
Capital records signs right of 1st refusal agreement with Beatles 
1964
Shirley Englehorn & Sam Snead wins Haig & Haig Mixed Foursome Golf 
1964
In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border 
1965
Algerian president Boumedienne visits Moscow 
1966
1st US bombing of Hanoi 
1966
1st battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam 
1966
Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78 
1966
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1967
United Soccer Association & Natl Pro Soccer League merge into NASL 
1967
Unsuccessful coup against Greek King Constantine II 
1967
San Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours. 
1968
Playland at Beach reopens 
1968
Pres Da Costa e Silva disbands parliament/grabs power 
1969
Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant" 
1969
Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager 
1970
Greg Chappell scores 108 on Test debut v England at the WACA 
1970
Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady" premieres in NYC 
1971
John Sinclair (sentence: 10 yrs, sold 2 marijuana joints) is freed 
1973
MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya 
1973
World Football League grants 1st franchise (Detroit) 
1974
Jim "Catfish" Hunter wins free agent claim against A's owner Finley 
1974
Malta becomes a republic 
1975
1st time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay (Richard Pryor hosts) 
1975
Australian Conservatives & Liberals win parliamentary election 
1975
Jane Blalock wins LPGA 14 Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament 
1975
Roy Fredericks hits 169 v Aust at WACA, hundred in 71 balls 
1975
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1976
Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur 
1976
Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m) 
1977
14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash 
1979
"Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances 
1979
Strikes against price increases in Gdansk Poland 
1979
Saudi Arabia raises marker crude price to $24 per barrel 
1980
"Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 perfs 
1981
70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1) 
1981
Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists 
1982
71st Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats Steve Denton (63 63 62) 
1982
Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die 
1983
9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT) 
1983
Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers 
1983
KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT 
1983
Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor 
1984
Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers 1st stroke 
1985
David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide 
1985
Test debut of Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh & Bruce Reid (v India) 
1987
Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election 
1987
Browns set club record for most points scored in a quarter, 28 
1987
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1988
3 men end 29-hr all-466-station subway ride in NYC 
1988
Arafat addresses UN in Geneva 
1989
Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games 
1989
The last issue of Gnistan (The Spark), the organ of the Solidaritetspartiet, is published in Sweden. 
1990
"Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances 
1990
Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die 
1990
South African President De Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid 
1990
US Secretary of State Baker questions Iraq's seriousness about Middle East peace 
1991
Both Koreas sign an accord calling for reconcilliation 
1991
NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud 
1991
Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games 
1992
"Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances 
1992
Dawn Coe-Jone wins Pizza-La LPGA Match Play Golf Championship 
1992
FCC fines Infinity Broadcasting $600,000 
1993
Deadline for Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, they don't 
1993
Dow Jones hits record 3764.43 
1993
Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed 
1993
Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), lands 
1994
American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15 
1995
Christopher Reeves released from physical rehab center 
1995
US Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations 
1996
Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays 
1996
Kofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations. 
1997
63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB) 
2000
The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins 
2000
American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States. 
2001
the Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists. 
2002
Enlargement 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. 
2003
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn). 
2004
Former 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. 
2006
The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct. 
2007
The 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. 
2012
A car bombing in Qatana, outside Damascus, kills 16 people and injures 12 
2012
Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute 
2015
First women elected to office in Saudi Arabia 
2015
Explosion at bus stop kills 12 people in Pakistan 
2015
Fire kills 23 people at Russian psychiatric hospital 
2015
At least 87 killed in latest Burundi violence 
2015
Russia fires on Turkish ship to 'avoid collision' in Aegean Sea 
2016
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin End Election Recount Efforts 
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