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This Day In History — Saddam Hussein is captured

December 13

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.

Birthdays

Mary Todd Lincoln

1818–1882, wife of Abraham Lincoln.

Heinrich Heine

poet (1797)

Werner von Siemens

electrical engineer and inventor (1816)

Emily Carr

painter (1871)

Ella Baker

civil rights activist (1903)

Archie Moore

prizefighter (1913)

Ross Macdonald

novelist (1915)

Dick Van Dyke

actor (1925)

Ted Nugent

rock musician (1948)

Steve Buscemi

actor (1957)

Jamie Foxx

actor (1967)

Amy Lee

singer (1981)

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