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Today in history

Today is Monday, December 13, the 347th day of 2021. There are 18 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 13, 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the United States Supreme Court terminated further recounts of contested ballots in Florida; Democrat Al Gore conceded, calling for national unity.

To this date :

In 1835, Phillips Brooks, the American Episcopal Bishop who wrote the lyrics to “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, was born in Boston.

In 1928, “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In 1937, the Chinese city of Nanjing fell to Japanese forces during the Sino-Japanese War; what followed was a massacre of prisoners of war, soldiers and citizens. (China maintains that up to 300,000 people were killed; Japanese nationalists say the death toll was much lower, and some argue the massacre never happened.)

In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which entered into circulation the following July.

In 1981, the Polish authorities imposed martial law as part of a crackdown on the workers’ movement of Solidarity. (Martial law officially ended in 1983.)

In 1993, Space Shuttle Endeavor returned from its mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

In 2001, the Pentagon released a video of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the death and destruction caused by the 9/11 attacks exceeded his “most optimistic” expectations.

In 2002, President George W. Bush announced that he would take the smallpox vaccine with US military forces, but did not recommend the potentially risky inoculation for most Americans.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by US forces while hiding in a hole under a farm in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.

In 2007, the Mitchell report of Major League Baseball was published, identifying 85 names to varying degrees in connection with the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

In 2014, thousands of protesters marched through New York, Washington and other American cities to call attention to the murder of unarmed black men by white police officers who were not charged. criminal.

In 2019, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing Congress in the ensuing investigation.

Ten Years Ago: Alexander Graham Bell’s first sound recordings that were packaged at the Smithsonian Institution for over a century were released publicly for the first time using new technology that reads sound with light and a 3D camera. (In one recording, a man recites part of Hamlet’s soliloquy; on another, a voice recites the numbers 1 to 6.)

Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Actor Alan Thicke, best remembered as the beloved father of the ABC series “Growing Pains”, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 69.

One year ago: The first vials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine began shipping to distribution sites across the United States. President Donald Trump said he was rescinding an administration directive to vaccinate senior government officials against COVID-19 while public distribution of the vaccine was limited to healthcare workers and people in nursing homes. nursing and long-term care facilities; hours earlier, the administration had confirmed that senior US officials would be offered vaccines in the days to come.

Today’s birthdays: actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 96 years old. Country singer Buck White is 91 years old. Music / film producer Lou Adler is 88 years old. Singer John Davidson is 80 years old. Actor Kathy Garver (TV: “Family Affair”) is 76 years old. Singer Ted Nugent is 73 years old. Rock musician Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is 73 years old. Actor Robert Lindsay is 72 years old. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 72 years old. Actor Wendie Malick is 71 years old. US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is 71 years old. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 68. Country singer John Anderson is 67 years old. Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is 67 years old. Singer-actor Morris Day is 65. Actor Steve Buscemi (boo-SEH’-mee) is 64 years old. Actor Johnny Whitaker (TV: “Family Affair”) is 62 years old. Rock musician John Munson (Semisonic; Twilight Hours) is 59 years old. Reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 55 years old. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 54 years old. Actor Lusia Strus is 54 years old. Actor Bart Johnson is 51 years old. Actor Jeffrey Pierce is 50. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 47 years old. Rock singer-musician Thomas Delonge is 46 years old. Actor James Kyson Lee is 46 years old. Actor Kimee B almilero (TV: “Hawaii Five-0”) is 42 years old. Actor Chelsea Hertford is 40 years old. Rock singer Amy Lee (Evanescence) is 40 years old. Actor Michael Socha is 34 years old. Actor Marcel Spears (TV: “The Mayor”) is 33 years old. Singer Taylor Swift is 32 years old. Actress Maisy Stella is 18 years old.

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