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On this day in history - December 13

What Happened On This Day – December 13

  • 2003 Saddam Hussein Captured

    Saddam Hussein, the fifth president of Iraq, was found hiding in a camouflaged hole in the ground and was captured by American forces near Tikrit, Iraq. The military operation that led to his capture was called Operation Red Dawn. He was subsequently handed over to the interim Iraqi government. After a trial where he was found guilty of crimes against humanity, he was executed 3 years after his capture in December 2006.

  • 2001 Attack on Indian parliament

    The Indian parliament, the Sansad, was attacked by terrorists. 15 people, including the terrorists were killed during the attack.

  • 1972 Last human landing on the Moon

    Apollo 17 was the last mission of the United States' Apollo lunar landing program. It was also the sixth and the last time humans landed on the Moon.

  • 1795 Meteorite crashes into Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England.

    Major Edward Topham owned the land where the meteorite crashed. He exhibited it later, and today it is in the Natural History Museum in London.

  • 1642 First European to Reach New Zealand

    Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer and merchant, reached the coast of South Island in New Zealand, and named it Staten Landt. Tasman was also the first European in recorded history to step foot on Tasmania, an island state in Australia. Tasman claimed the island for the Dutch crown. It is named after him as well.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
December 13

  • 1989 Taylor Swift

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress

  • 1948 Ted Nugent

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor

  • 1936 Aga Khan IV

    Swiss/French 49th Nizari Ismaili Imam

  • 1902 Talcott Parsons

    American sociologist

  • 1818 Mary Todd Lincoln

    American wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th First Lady of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
December 13

  • 2010 Richard Holbrooke

    American journalist, banker, diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to the United Nations

  • 2005 Stanley Williams

    American gang leader, co-founded the Crips

  • 1944 Wassily Kandinsky

    Russian/French painter

  • 1784 Samuel Johnson

    English author, lexicographer

  • 1204 Maimonides

    Spanish rabbi, philosopher