On this day: December 13

Published On: Dec 12 2012 12:03:04 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

Sir Francis Drake sets out around the world, the National Guard is born, Al Gore concedes, and Saddam Hussein is caught, all on this day.

OTD December 13 - Relay 1
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NASA

1962: NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit. The satellite, which would provided the first television transmissions across the Pacific Ocean, is still in orbit today.

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