On this day: December 13

Published On: Dec 12 2012 12:03:04 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2014 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 - Wassily Kandinsky
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1944: Russian-French painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky, credited with painting the first purely abstract works, dies from a stroke at age 77 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Some of his best known works include "On White II" and "Der Blaue Reiter."

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