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On December 13th, 1577, Sir Francis
Drake of England set out with five ships on a
nearly three-year journey that would take him
around the world.
On this date:
In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in
present-day New Zealand.
In 1769, Dartmouth
College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.
In 1835, Phillips
Brooks, the American Episcopal bishop who wrote
the words to "O Little Town of
Bethlehem," was born in Boston.
In 1862, Union forces
suffered a major defeat to the Confederates at
the Battle of Fredericksburg.
In 1918, President
Wilson arrived in France, becoming the
first chief executive to visit Europe while in
In 1928, George
Gershwin's musical work "An American in
Paris" had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in
In 1944, during
World War Two, the US cruiser
"Nashville" was badly damaged in a
Japanese "kamikaze" suicide attack that
claimed 138 lives.
In 1978, the
Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B.
Anthony dollar, which went into circulation the
authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a
crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement.
(Martial law formally ended in 1983.)
In 1997, a
ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Los Angeles
for the one billion-dollar Getty Center, one of
the largest arts centers in the United States.
Ten years ago:
South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the
first time with imprisoned African National
Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's
office in Cape Town.
Five years ago: An
American Eagle commuter plane carrying 20 people
crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International
Airport in North Carolina, killing 15.
One year ago: With
a grave impeachment threat looming, President
Clinton told a news conference in Jerusalem he
would not resign, and insisted he did not commit
perjury. Voters in Puerto Rico rejected US
"Good judgment comes
from experience; and experience, well, that comes
from bad judgment."