December 13, 1961
CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATORS ARRESTED
Albany, Georgia (JFK+50) Two hundred African-American civil rights demonstrators were arrested in Albany, Georgia today during a 2nd consecutive day of protests.
This follows the arrest yesterday of 267 demonstrators who were marching to the Union Railway Terminal in protest of the city’s segregation policies.
Today’s arrest came as the demonstrators knelt in prayer at the courthouse in behalf of those arrested yesterday.
The demonstrations are sponsored by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).*
*The Albany Movement was led by Dr. William G. Anderson.
Although few concessions were made by the city government, historian Howard Zinn, who took part in the events in Albany, wrote later that the Albany Movement helped erode “the strength of the old order” & that “the protesters (were) heartened by their ability to fight back.”
The Albany Movement
December 13, 1960
IKE SAYS JFK WON BY “A COUPLE OF PHONE CALLS”
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Speaking with business leaders at the White House today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said that Senator John F. Kennedy’s narrow victory over Vice President Richard M. Nixon was the result of “a couple of phone calls.”
The President apparently was making reference to telephone calls made by Robert F. Kennedy in October to a judge in DeKalb County, Georgia, to make possible the release of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Georgia State Prison.
December 13, 2000
GORE CONCEDES ELECTION OF 2000 TO BUSH
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. conceded the presidential election of 2000 this evening to Texas Governor George W. Bush.
The concession follows weeks of litigation over the recounting of votes in Florida.
The Vice President said:
“I accept the finality of the outcome (&) tonight, for the sake of unity as a people & the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”
Mr. Gore won the popular vote by more than one-half million votes but lost by 5 votes in the electoral college.
The final electoral vote is George W. Bush (R) 271, Al Gore, Jr. (D) 266.
GWB with Nobel Prize Winners
The Oval Office November 26, 2007
Photo by Eric Draper
December 13, 2003
SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED IN SPIDER HOLE
Tikrit, Iraq (JFK+50) Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, in hiding for 9 months, was captured today just 9 miles outside his hometown of Tikrit.
Hussein was found hiding in a 6 to 8 foot deep “spider hole” by soldiers of the United States Army.
with Saddam Hussein
December 13, 2003
US Army Photo
The former dictator made no attempt to resist.
An American soldier who took part in the capture said Hussein behaved as “a man resigned to his fate.”*
*On November 5, 2004, Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity & sentenced to hang. He was executed on December 30, 2006.
December 13, 1642
TASMAN SIGHTS NEW ZEALAND
South Pacific (JFK+50) Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the 1st European explorer today to sight New Zealand.
Reports indicate that some of Tasman’s crew may have been killed when they were attacked by natives.
The attack came following Tasman’s attempt to make a landing.
Just a few weeks ago, Tasman discovered an island off the Southeast coast of Australia which he named Van Diemen’s Land.*
*New Zealand was named after the Dutch province of Zeeland. Van Diemen’s Land later became known as Tasmania.
Routes of Abel Tasman