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This Day in History: Dec. 13

1545 The Council of Trent, an attempt by the Roman Catholic Church to respond to the Protestant Reformation, begins its meetings.
1577 Sir Francis Drake begins his voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
1862 During the Civil War , Confederate troops under Gen. Robert E. Lee defeat the Union at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
1981 In Poland, the government decrees martial law and suspends the activities of the Solidarity labor union.
1991 North and South Korea sign a reconciliation and nonaggression pact, in their broadest accord since the 1953 armistice unofficially ending the Korean War.
2001 Five gunmen with links to Pakistani terror organizations open fire outside the Indian parliament building; 14 people, including the terrorists, are killed in the chaos.
The U.S. releases a tape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaeda leader expresses his pleasure in the terrorist attacks of September 11.
Pres. George W. Bush announces that the U.S. will withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union.
2002 Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law resigns as archbishop of Boston amidst growing criticism for allegedly protecting priests accused of abusing minors.
2003 Deposed Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces in an underground hideout 9 miles from his hometown of Tikrit.


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