Historical Political Events for December 13

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Year Event
1937 "The Nanking Massacre": The Japanese Army entered the city’s Zhongshan and Pacific Gates this date. In the afternoon, two Japanese Navy fleets arrived. In the following six weeks, the occupying forces engaged in an orgy of looting and mass execution which came to be known as the Nanking Massacre. Historians say that at least 300,000 Chinese died, and 20,000 women were raped.
1981 The Polish government imposed martial law and took its strongest step so far to stifle Lech Walesa and Solidarity's unprecedented challenge against Communist rule.
1991 A federal court awarded a plaintiff $7.3 million for injuries from connective tissue disease allegedly caused by the rupture of her Dow Corning silicone breast implants.
1991 North and South Korean leaders signed a treaty ending the Korean War, after 38 years.
1993 The "European Community" ratified a treaty creating the world's largest trade bloc, the European Economic Area (EEA), to be implemented on January 1, 1994.
2000 Five weeks after the election, Vice President Gore (D) finally concedes.
2003 Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces. He was found in a hole in the ground on a farm just south of Tikrit.
2003 While the whole world was watching TV of Saddam's capture, President Bush (R), quietly (on a weekend) signs the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004" into law that, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano, "Now, without you knowing it, the Justice Department can learn where you traveled, what you spent, what you ate, what you paid to finance your car and your house, what you confided to your lawyer and insurance and real estate agents, and what periodicals you read without having to demonstrate any evidence or even suspicion of criminal activity on your part."
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Quote of
the Day
It was like Ground Hog Day. He [Saddam] popped out of a hole, and we got four more years of Bush.
    — Bill Maher, on Saddam's capture
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