On This Day

On This Day in History for December 13 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1993 Deadline for Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, they don't
  • 1993 Dow Jones hits record 3764.43
  • 1993 Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed
  • 1993 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), lands
  • 1994 American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15
  • 1995 US Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1996 Kofi Annan is elected Secretary-General of the United Nations

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan
  • 2000 The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • 2001 Indian Parliament Sansad attacked by terrorists. 15 people killed, including all terrorists
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit, during Operation Red Dawn by US forces

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 2006 The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
  • 2012 A car bombing in Qatana, outside Damascus, kills 16 people and injures 12
  • 2012 Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute

  • 2012 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: Team Europe win for 3rd consecutive year beating US, 11-9; MVP: Chris Melling (England)
  • 2014 Divisions emerge between rich and poor nations at the UN climate change talks in Peru
  • 2014 A civil rights protest march in Washington, D.C. takes place, against the police killing of unarmed black men
  • 2014 The British Government announces it will send hundreds of troops to Iraq, to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the conflict with Islamic State
  • 2014 Two US soldiers killed in a Taliban bombing of a NATO convoy in Kabul
  • 2014 Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, criticizes UN Security Council for its lack of action over war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan
  • 2016 UN claims 82 civilians have been summary executed in Aleppo by pro-government forces
  • 2017 Scientists begin checking interstellar asteroid Oumuamua for signs of alien technology through radio signals (later studies conclude it a piece of sliced off planet)
  • 2017 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

2017 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
  • 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo jails for life 11 militiamen for raping 40 children, including a local MP
  • 2017 Online dictionary Merriam-Webster's most searched word of the year is Feminism
  • 2018 Cease-fire in port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, by Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition announced by the UN
  • 2018 Passenger train collides with maintenance locomotive in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 9 and injuring 47
  • 2018 US Senate passes non-binding "war powers resolution" against long-term ally Saudi Arabia
  • 2018 Apple announces new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas and expansion in other US cities
  • 2020 Germany announces a strict lockdown till Jan 10 after looser restrictions failed to prevent COVID-19 numbers surging

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • 2017 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80
  • 2019 Richard G Hatcher, American attorney and politician (Mayor of Gary, Indiana, 1968-88), dies at 88