It Happened Today – December 13th

By | Dec 13, 2012

In 1979 the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was released. Over the years the US Government has tried to replace the paper dollar with a coin dollar. But the public has been reluctant to change. One reason is that shop keepers don’t want to have register slots for both paper dollars and coin dollars and many people don’t want coins. The Susan Anthony dollar coin had another problem. It was close in size and feel to the quarter.

It was in 1636 that The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This is considered as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.

In 1862 Confederate forces dealt Union troops a major defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia. The 1st and 2nd Delaware Regiments took great casualties in killed, wounded, and missing.

It was on December 13, 1928 that the George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” premiered at Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Symphony. The piece was inspired by the time that he spent in Paris during the early 1920’s. Gershwin completed the orchestration on November 18, less than four weeks before the work’s premiere.

In 2003 former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.

Happy Birthday to Dick Van Dyke, born on this day in 1925.


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