What Happened on December 13

Historical Events

  • 1577 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world
  • 1774 First incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and Mary, New Hampshire
  • 1966 1st US bombing of Hanoi
  • 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).
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Did You Know?

Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star (Betelgeuse)

On December 13, 1920

Famous Weddings

  • 862 Boudouin Iron Arm & Count of Flanders, elopes with Princess Judith, daughter King Charles of West Francia
  • 1951 British PM Margaret Thatcher (26) weds businessman Denis Thatcher (36) at Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London
  • 2003 Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (68) weds Nicoletta Mantovani at Modena Italy's Teatro Comunale

Famous Divorces

  • 2001 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage
  • 2010 "Dexter" actress Jennifer Carpenter (31) divorces actor Michael C. Hall (40) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
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