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12/13 - This day in history
Sorry this is so late today.
On this date in history:
In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand.
In 1816, the nation's first savings bank, the Provident Institution for Savings, opened in Boston.
In 1862, an estimated 11,000 Northern soldiers were killed or wounded in a battle with Confederate troops outside Fredericksburg, Va.
In 1982, the Sentry armored car company in New York discovered the overnight theft of $11 million from its headquarters. It was the biggest cash theft in U.S. history.
In 1990, the last of the U.S. hostages being held by Iraq, five diplomats in Kuwait, flew to freedom.
Also in 1990, troops were rushed to Soviet Georgia and a state of emergency was imposed after inter-ethnic violence killed three people.
In 1991, the leaders of the Central American countries held a summit meeting and agreed to pledge $4.5 billion to fight poverty.
In 1992, Ricky Ray, 15, one of three hemophiliac brothers barred from attending a Florida school because they had the AIDS virus, died.
In 1993, in Canada, Kim Campbell resigned as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
In 1997, the Getty Center museum complex, built on a hilltop overlooking Los Angeles, was officially opened.
In 1998, in a non-binding plebiscite giving Puerto Ricans the opportunity to express a preference as to the future of political status of the island, the "none of the above" option was supported by 50 percent of voters -- indicating that most wished to retain Puerto Rico's current status as a U.S. commonwealth.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the Florida presidential vote recount, in effect giving the presidency to George W. Bush more than a month after the balloting. Winning Florida meant Bush had enough electoral votes to defeat Al Gore, who had won the popular vote.
In 2001, as the extensive manhunt continued for Osama bin Laden, the U.S. government released a tape of the suspected mastermind of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks in which he spoke of the attacks and voiced pleasure and surprise that so many of the "enemy" had died.
Also in 2001, calling it a Cold War relic, President George W. Bush announced the U.S. was pulling out of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, opening the way for the Defense Department to test and deploy a missile defense system without restraints.
And in 2001, 14 people were killed when gunmen tried to storm the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi.
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