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December 13th is a delightful day for those who revel in sweet treats, melodious sounds, and majestic animals. It is a day where various forms of joy and appreciation converge through different celebrations, united by a sense of festivity and recognition.

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Interesting Facts of December 13th

  1. 1. On December 13, 1577, Sir Francis Drake set sail from England on a mission to circumnavigate the globe. His ship, the Golden Hind, completed the journey in 1580, making Drake the first Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth.
  2. 2. The Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 13, 1903 but failed. They went on to successfully achieve powered flight just three days later, on December 17.
  3. 3. The Nanjing Massacre began during the Second Sino-Japanese War on December 13, 1937. Japanese troops captured the Chinese city of Nanjing and then killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians and prisoners of war in the following weeks.
  4. 4. Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt performed their third and final moonwalk on December 13, 1972, during the last mission of the United States' Apollo lunar landing program. Cernan was the last human to walk on the moon to date.
  5. 5. On December 13, 2003, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured in a small underground hideout in ad-Dawr, near Tikrit, by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. His capture marked a significant moment in the Iraq War.
  6. 6. December 13 is the feast day of Saint Lucy, also known as Santa Lucia, who is venerated by Christians as a martyr. Her feast is especially celebrated in Scandinavia and Italy, often involving processions and festivals of light.