Today in History: Dec. 13

Union army, under General Ambrose Everett Burnside, crosses the Rappahannock River on pontoon bridges during the attack on Fredericksburg, Virginia depicted in this undated rendering by combat artist Frank Schell. (AP Photo)
In 1862, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside launched futile attacks against entrenched Confederate soldiers during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg; the soundly defeated Northern troops withdrew two days later. Union army, under General Ambrose Everett Burnside, crosses the Rappahannock River on pontoon bridges during the attack on Fredericksburg, Virginia depicted in this undated rendering by combat artist Frank Schell. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Frank Schell)
Parisians line the route of American President Woodrow Wilson's motorcade, above the street hangs a 'Vive Wilson' sign, circa 1918. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).
In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images). (Getty Images/Fotosearch)
16 years after the government stopped minting the unpopular Susan B. Anthony dollar, seen in this 1979 file photo, stocks of the coin are running low and the Clinton administration says it's open to considering a new dollar coin. "As the Susan B. Anthonys run out, we may very well need to have new dollar coins,'' Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said, Thursday, March 6, 1997. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation the following July. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/GENE PUSKAR)
Kofi Annan
In 1996, the U.N. Security Council chose Kofi Annan (KOH’-fee AN’-nan) of Ghana to become the world body’s seventh secretary-general. FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2010, file photo, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan speaks at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (AP/Charlie Neibergall)
Robert E. Erburu, chairman of the board of J. Paul Getty Trust, left, and Harold M. Williams, president and CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust, cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the Getty Center on  Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, in Los Angeles. Planned, designed and constructed over 13 years, the Getty Center's 24-acre campus on 110-acre site is both a museum and arts complex. The $1 billion hilltop monument to art and architecture is set to open to the public on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In 1997, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Los Angeles for the 1 billion-dollar Getty Center, one of the largest arts centers in the United States. Robert E. Erburu, chairman of the board of J. Paul Getty Trust, left, and Harold M. Williams, president and CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust, cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the Getty Center on Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Associated Press/MARK J. TERRILL)
bush race close
In 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida; Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity. This Nov. 8, 2000 file photo shows Orlando Sentinel election night headlines The first headline was, ‘Oh, so close,’ followed by ‘IT’S BUSH,’ then ‘IS IT BUSH?’ and lastly ‘CONTESTED.’ Al Gore won the national popular vote by more than a half-million ballots. But George W. Bush became president after the Supreme Court decided, 5-4, to halt further Florida recounts, more than a month after Election Day. (AP) (AP)
Bernard Law
In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal. FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2002 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law, of the Boston archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, pauses during testimony in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. (George Martell/Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File) (AP/George Martell)
Saddam Hussein, Taha Ramadan, Tariq Aziz, Abd Hmud
On Dec. 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit. FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 file photo, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein meets with his leadership to mark the first day of Eid Al-Adha. (AP Photo/INA, File) (AP)
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Union army, under General Ambrose Everett Burnside, crosses the Rappahannock River on pontoon bridges during the attack on Fredericksburg, Virginia depicted in this undated rendering by combat artist Frank Schell. (AP Photo)
Parisians line the route of American President Woodrow Wilson's motorcade, above the street hangs a 'Vive Wilson' sign, circa 1918. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).
16 years after the government stopped minting the unpopular Susan B. Anthony dollar, seen in this 1979 file photo, stocks of the coin are running low and the Clinton administration says it's open to considering a new dollar coin. "As the Susan B. Anthonys run out, we may very well need to have new dollar coins,'' Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said, Thursday, March 6, 1997. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
Kofi Annan
Robert E. Erburu, chairman of the board of J. Paul Getty Trust, left, and Harold M. Williams, president and CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust, cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the Getty Center on  Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, in Los Angeles. Planned, designed and constructed over 13 years, the Getty Center's 24-acre campus on 110-acre site is both a museum and arts complex. The $1 billion hilltop monument to art and architecture is set to open to the public on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
bush race close
Bernard Law
Saddam Hussein, Taha Ramadan, Tariq Aziz, Abd Hmud

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2018. There are 18 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.

On this date:

In 1862, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside launched futile attacks against entrenched Confederate soldiers during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg; the soundly defeated Northern troops withdrew two days later.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.

In 1928, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” had its premiere 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 war prisoners, soldiers and citizens. (China maintains that up to 300,000 people were killed; Japanese nationalists say the death toll was far lower, and some maintain the massacre never happened.)

In 1944, during World War II, the light cruiser USS Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack off Negros Island in the Philippines that claimed 133 lives.

In 1977, an Air Indiana Flight 216, a DC-3 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team on a flight to Nashville, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 29 people on board.

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

In 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ended in 1983.)

In 1996, the U.N. Security Council chose Kofi Annan (KOH’-fee AN’-nan) of Ghana to become the world body’s seventh secretary-general.

In 1997, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Los Angeles for the 1 billion-dollar Getty Center, one of the largest arts centers in the United States.

In 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida; Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity.

In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal.

Ten years ago: The White House weighed its options for preventing a collapse of the troubled U.S. auto industry. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy after guiding the highest-scoring team in major college football history to the national championship game.

Five years ago: North Korea’s state-run media announced the execution the day before of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle, portraying Jang Song Thaek as a morally corrupt traitor. Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom after four years of marriage.

One year ago: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill the Senate seat of fellow Democrat Al Franken until a special election in November, 2018. Congressional Republicans reached agreement on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans; middle- and low-income families would get smaller tax cuts. The New York Times published claims by three women that they had been raped by music mogul Russell Simmons in the 1980s and 1990s; Simmons denied the allegations.

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