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This Day in History: December 13

December 13: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.
  2. 1769 - Dartmouth College is founded by Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with aroyal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth.
  3. 1962 - NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communicationssatellite in orbit.
  4. 1972 - Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.
  5. 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.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Robert Plot (English chemist), Mary Todd Lincoln (American wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th First Lady of the United States), Alvin York (American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient), Philip Warren Anderson (American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Dick Van Dyke (American actor, singer, and producer)

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