TODAY IN HISTORY
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December 13th- 347th Day of the Year
The National Guard is created in France.
The last remnants of Napoleon Bonaparte‘s Grand Armeé reach the safety of Kovno, Poland, after the failed Russian campaign.
General Andrew Jackson announces martial law in New Orleans, Louisiana, as British troops disembark at Lake Borne, 40 miles east of the city.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats Union Major General Ambrose Burnside at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia. A witness will later describe the battle to President Abraham Lincoln as a “butchery.”
The Committee of Imperial Defense holds its first meeting in London.
The Dutch take two Venezuelan Coast Guard ships.
The Japanese army occupies Nanking, China.
Adolf Hitler issues preparations for Operation Marita, the German invasion of Greece.
British forces launch an offensive in Libya.
France and Britain agree to quit Syria and Lebanon.
After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Harry S. Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers.
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexico’s President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz meet on a bridge at El Paso, Texas, to officiate at ceremonies returning the long-disputed El Chamizal area to the Mexican side of the border.
Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his lunar lander on the moon and prepares to lift off. He is the last man to set foot on the moon.
Great Britain cuts the work week to three days to save energy.
Polish labor leader Lech Walesa is arrested and the government decrees martial law, restricting civil rights and suspending operation of the independent trade union Solidarity.
The Detroit Pistons defeat the Denver Nuggets by a score of 186-184 in triple overtime, in the highest scoring game in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
France sues the United States over the discovery of an AIDS serum.
Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida
Terrorists attack the Parliament of India; 15 people are killed, including the terrorists
Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured; he is found hiding near his home town of Tikrit.
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