11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 13th December

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Here's a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1577 - Five ships under the command of Sir Francis Drake leave Plymouth, England, to embark on the circumnavigation of the globe

2. 1642 - New Zealand is discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman

3. 1918 - President Wilson arrives in France, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Europe while in office

4. 1925 - Dick Van Dyke is born

5. 1958 - The search for a monkey fired into space in the nose cone of a Jupiter missile is called off

6. 1966 - The rights to the first four Super Bowls are sold to CBS and NBC for total of $9.5m

7. 1995 - Riots break out in Brixton as hundreds of youths take to the streets in south London attacking police, ransacking shops and burning cars after the death of a man in police custody

8. 1996 - The U.N. Security Council chooses Kofi Annan of Ghana to be the United Nations seventh Secretary-General

9. 2000 - George W. Bush accepts the U.S presidency 36 days after the election; Al Gore, Jr.,concedes

10. 2003 - Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in Adwar, near his hometown of Tikrit

11. 2007 - Rupert Murdoch buys Dow Jones & Co.,which includes The Wall Street Journal, for $5bn-plus

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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