December 13 Events in History - December 13 Birthdays - December 13 Deaths
2014 Thousands of protesters march in Washington, D.C., to protest recent killings of unarmed black men by policemen; the marchers called for an end to police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S. legal system
2014 Negotiations have stalled at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru due to disagreement over how to distribute responsibilities for battling climate change across developed and developing nations
2013 An experimental privacy feature on Google's Android mobile software is removed, raising objections from the Electronic Frontier Foundation; the feature allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as a user's location and address book data
2013 The body of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is flown from Pretoria to the leader's ancestral village of Qunu, his final resting place
2012 An early work by noted childhood fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, titled, 'The Tallow Candle", is found at the bottom of a filing box at the National Archives of Funen
2012 European Union Finance Ministers agree to give the European Central BAnk new powers to supervise euro zone banks
2011 Iran refuses to return the RQ-170 Sentinel that Iran captured after it crash landed in the country; Iran reports they are extracting data from the aircraft
2011 A bill extending a payroll tax extension and a bill expediting the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and Texas is passed by the U.S. House of Representatives
2010 In China, a 2,400 ear-old pot of soup is discovered near the country's ancient capital of Xi'an
2010 Russ Mittermeier and colleagues in northeast Madagascar, confirm a new species of fork-marked lemur in Madagascar
2009 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Burlusconi is knocked to the ground and hit in the face after a political rally in Milan, Italy
2003 American forces capture Sadam Hussen outside of Tikrit
2001 Terrorists break into parliament building in New Delhi, murder at least 12
2000 Al Gore concedes presidential election, George W. Bush named president
1997 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)
1996 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays
1995 Christopher Reeves released from physical rehab center
1995 U.S. Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations
1994 American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15
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
1992 "Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 45 performances
1992 Dawn Coe-Jone wins Pizza-La LPGA Match Play Golf Championship
1992 FCC fines Infinity Broadcasting $600,000
1991 Both Koreas sign an accord calling for reconcilliation
1991 NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud
1991 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games
1990 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 45 performances
1990 Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die
1990 President De Klerk of South Africa meets with Mandela to talk of end of apartheid
1989 Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games
1988 3 men end 29-hour all-466-station subway ride in New York City
1988 Arafat addresses United Nations in Geneva
1987 Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election
1987 Browns set club record for most points scored in a quarter, 28
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1985 David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 vs. India at Adelaide
1985 Test debut of Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)
1984 Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers 1st stroke
1983 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
1983 British Airways incorporates
1983 Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers
1983 KYA-AM in San Francisco, California changes call letters to KOIT
1983 Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
1982 71st Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats Steve Denton (63 63 62)
1982 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
1981 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
1981 Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists
1980 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City after 16 performances
1979 "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 301 performances
1979 Strikes against price increases in Gdansk Poland
1978 Susan B. Anthony dollar, 1st U.S. coin to honor a woman, issued
1977 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
1976 Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to Larkspur
1976 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to San Francisco 13h14m)
1975 1st time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay - Richard Pryor as host
1975 Australian Conservatives and Liberals win parliamentary election
1975 Jane Blalock wins LPGA 14 Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
1975 Roy Fredericks hits 169 vs. Australia at WACA, hundred in 71 balls
1975 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1974 Jim "Catfish" Hunter wins free agent claim against A's owner Finley
1974 Malta becomes a republic
1973 MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya
1973 World Football League grants 1st franchise (Detroit)
1971 John Sinclair (sentence: 10 yrs, sold 2 marijuana joints) is freed
1970 Greg Chappell scores 108 on Test debut vs. England at the WACA
1970 Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady," premieres in New York City
1969 Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
1969 Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager
1968 Playland at Beach reopens
1968 President Da Costa e Silva disbands parliament/grabs power
1967 United Soccer Association and National Pro Soccer League merge into NASL
1967 Unsuccessful coup against Greek King Constantine II
1966 1st U.S. bombing of Hanoi
1966 1st battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam
1966 Test debut of Clive Lloyd, vs. India Bombay, 82 and 78
1966 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Algerian president Boumedienne visits Moscow
1964 Shirley Englehorn and Sam Snead wins Haig and Haig Mixed Foursome Golf
1964 In El Paso, Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border
1963 Capital records signs right of 1st refusal agreement with Beatles
1962 Relay 1 communication satellite launched
1961 Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
1961 Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann
1961 Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller
1960 Italy beats U.S. in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years U.S. not in finals)
1960 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane
1959 Archbishop Makarios elected 1st president of Cyprus
1956 Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000 Robinson retires
1953 KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
1951 Future British Prime Minister Margaret Roberts Thatcher marries Denis Thatcher
1950 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 5 performances
1950 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial
1949 AL votes down proposal to revive spitball
1949 Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem
1947 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International New York City after 11 performances
1947 Maine Turnpike opens to traffic
1946 Leon Blum elected French premier
1944 Japanese kamikaze crashes into U.S. cruiser Nashville, kills 138
1944 Norman Krasna's "Dear Ruth," premieres in New York City
1943 150 U.S. Marauders bomb Schiphol
1942 Seyss-Inquart allows Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert to call himself Leader
1942 Washington Redskins defeat Chicago Bears 14-6, to win NFL title
1941 German occupiers forbid National Front and Netherland Union
1941 Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die
1941 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier Ark Royal
1939 Battle at La Plata - 3 British cruisers vs German Graf Spee
1938 Los Angeles freezes at 28 degrees F
1936 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington D.C.
1936 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship
1934 Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Bros) opens at 237 W 51st St. New York City
1930 George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him
1930 Theodore Steeg forms French government
1930 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios
1928 Clip-on tie designed
1928 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (New York City)
1924 KOA-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
1922 Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps
1920 F Pease's interferometer measures 1st stellar diameter (Betelgeuse)
1920 League of nations establishes International Court of Justice in The Hague
1920 Netherland breaks contact with kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slavia
1919 Ross and Smith land in Australia from a flight from London
1918 U.S. Army of occupation crosses Rhine, enters Germany
1918 Wilson, becomes 1st to make a foreign visit as president (France)
1916 Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian and Italian troops in 24 hours in Tyrol
1916 Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin
1916 French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle
1913 Mona Lisa stolen in Aug 1911 returned to Louvre
1907 George Gunn scores 119 on Test debut vs. Australia SCG
1907 German emperor Wilhelm II visits Amsterdam
1906 German chancellor Bernhard von Bulow disbands the Parliament
1903 Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone in New Jersey
1903 Wright Bros make 1st flight at Kittyhawk
1901 Test debut of S F Barnes vs. Australia SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings
1900 Battle at Nooitgedacht: generals The la Rey/Smuts beat Britten
1895 1st complete execution of Gustav Mahlers 2nd Symphony
1889 Belgium rules on women/child labor law
1879 1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware)
1864 Battle of Ft. McAllister, GA
1861 Battle of Alleghany Summit, WV
1843 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold
1833 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin arrives in Port Deseado, Patagonia
1823 Gioacchino Rossini arrives in London
1816 Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
1774 1st incident of Revolution-400 attack Ft. William and Mary, New Hampshire
1769 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter
1759 1st music store in America opens in Philadelphia
1742 Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes
1734 England and Russia sign trade agreement
1668 Jean Racines "Britannicus," premieres in Paris
1642 New Zealand discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman
1621 Emperor Ferdinand II delegates 1st anti-Reformation decree
1577 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world
1572 Spanish army beats Geuzen fleet under Admiral Lumey
1570 Sweden/Denmark signs Peace of Stettin
1545 Council of Trent (19th ecumenical council) opens
1545 Pope Paul III opens council of Trente
1294 Pope Coelestinus V ends term
863 Boudouin with the Iron Arm weds Charles de Kales' daughter Judith