December 13 | Facts
New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.
President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Europe while in office.
The U.S. Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first U.S. coin honoring a woman.
The Polish government imposed martial law in an attempt to crush the Solidarity movement.
South African President F. W. de Klerk met with Nelson Mandela for the first time.
Kofi Annan of Ghana chosen to become UN secretary-general.
George W. Bush accepted presidency 36 days after election; Al Gore, Jr., conceded.
American forces captured Saddam Hussein who was hiding in a hole near his hometown of Tikrit.