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This day in history

December 13, 2010

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► Today is Monday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2010. There are 18 days left in the year.

► Today’s birthdays: Former secretary of state George P. Shultz is 90. Actor Dick Van Dyke is 85. Actor Christopher Plummer is 81. Country singer Buck White is 80. Producer Lou Adler is 77. Producer Richard Zanuck is 76. Singer John Davidson is 69. Actress Kathy Garver (“Family Affair’’) is 65. Singer Ted Nugent is 62. Rock musician Jeff “Skunk’’ Baxter is 62. Country musician Ron Getman is 62. Actor Robert Lindsay is 61. Country singer Randy Owen is 61. Actress Wendie Malick is 60. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 60. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 57. Country singer John Anderson is 56. Singer Steve Forbert is 56. Singer-actor Morris Day is 54. Actor Steve Buscemi is 53. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 51. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 43. Actor Bart Johnson is 40. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 36. Rock singer Thomas Delonge is 35. Actor James Kyson Lee is 35. Actress Chelsea Hertford is 29. Rock singer Amy Lee (Evanescence) is 29. Country singer Taylor Swift is 21.

► In 1769, Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.

► In 1835, Phillips Brooks, the American Episcopal bishop who wrote the words to “O Little Town of Bethlehem,’’ was born in Boston.

► In 1862, Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates in the Battle of Fredericksburg.

► In 1918, President 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 1944, the US cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack that claimed more than 130 lives.

► In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979.

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

► In 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the US Supreme Court shut down further recounts in Florida.

► In 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by US forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.

► In 2005, Crips gang cofounder Stanley Tookie Williams was executed in California for killing four people in robberies.

► In 2009, the Senate passed, 57-35, a $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for vast areas of the federal government.

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