On This Day

What Happened on December 13, 2017

Historical Events

  • Democratic Republic of Congo jails for life 11 militiamen for raping 40 children, including a local MP
  • Online dictionary Merriam-Webster's most searched word of the year is Feminism
  • Prehistoric bones of a penguin as tall as a human (1.77m) found on Otago beach, New Zealand, reported in "Nature Communications"

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Prime Minister Theresa May's UK Conservative government loses key vote in Parliament for an amendment to allow MPs to vote on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Salma Hayek accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and threatening to kill her

Actress Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • Scientists begin checking interstellar asteroid Oumuamua for signs of alien technology through radio signals (later studies conclude it a piece of sliced off planet)

Famous Deaths

  • Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80
  • Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), dies of a heart attack at 56
2017 Highlights

About December 13, 2017

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 3 years, 7 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius