December 13th

2003
Saddam Hussein Captured. Saddam Hussein, the fifth president of Iraq, was found hiding in a camouflaged hole in the ground and was captured by American forces near Tikrit, Iraq. The military operation that led to his capture was called Operation Red Dawn. He was subsequently handed over to the interim Iraqi government. After a trial where he was found guilty of crimes against humanity, he was executed 3 years after his capture in December 2006.
Operation Red Dawn
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.
Enlargement of the European Union
2001
Attack on Indian parliament. The Indian parliament, the Sansad, was attacked by terrorists. 15 people, including the terrorists were killed during the attack.
2001 Indian Parliament attack
2000
George W. Bush accepted presidency 36 days after election. Al Gore, Jr., conceded.
United States presidential election, 2000
1996
Kofi Annan of Ghana chosen to become UN secretary-general.
Kofi Annan
1989
South African President F. W. de Klerk met with Nelson Mandela for the first time.
F. W. de Klerk
1981
The Polish government imposed martial law in an attempt to crush the Solidarity movement.
Martial law in Poland
1978
The U.S. Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first U.S. coin honoring a woman.
Susan B. Anthony dollar
1972
Last human landing on the Moon. Apollo 17 was the last mission of the United States' Apollo lunar landing program. It was also the sixth and the last time humans landed on the Moon.
Apollo 17
1966
1st US bombing of Hanoi part of Operation Rolling Thunder during the Vietnam War.
Operation Rolling Thunder
1918
President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Europe while in office.
Woodrow Wilson
1795
Meteorite crashes into Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England. Major Edward Topham owned the land where the meteorite crashed. He exhibited it later, and today it is in the Natural History Museum in London.
Wold Cottage meteorite
1774
First incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and Mary, New Hampshire.
Ethan Allen
1642
First European to Reach New Zealand. Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer and merchant, reached the coast of South Island in New Zealand, and named it Staten Landt. Tasman was also the first European in recorded history to step foot on Tasmania, an island state in Australia. Tasman claimed the island for the Dutch crown. It is named after him as well.
History of New Zealand
1577
Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigationof the world.
Francis Drake