This Day in History

Today is Thursday, December 13th, the 347th day of the year.  There are 18 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1913, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was returned to the Louvre Museum in Paris, two years after it was stolen from the museum.   

In 1950, James Dean began his professional career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial.

In 1961, famous painter Grandma Moses died at the age of 101.

In 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency five weeks after Election Day and a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida. Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity.

In 2003, after months in hiding, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured in the basement of a farmhouse south of his hometown of Tikrit. 

In 2007, a report on steroid use in Major League Baseball named more than 80 MLB players as possible users of performance-enhancing drugs.  The report was based on 20 months of investigation led by former Senator George Mitchell.

In 2015, a woman was elected to public office in Saudi Arabia for the first time in history.  At least 17 women were elected to seats in municipal councils across the country.    

In 2016, Television star Alan Thicke passed away from a heart attack at the age of 69.

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