This Day In History — Saddam Hussein is captured

December 13

New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.

President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Europe while in office.

The U.S. Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first U.S. coin honoring a woman.

The Polish government imposed martial law in an attempt to crush the Solidarity movement.

South African President F. W. de Klerk met with Nelson Mandela for the first time.

Kofi Annan of Ghana chosen to become UN secretary-general.

George W. Bush accepted presidency 36 days after election; Al Gore, Jr., conceded.

American forces captured Saddam Hussein who was hiding in a hole near his hometown of Tikrit.


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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