Friday 13 December 2013, 11:44:36
13 December 1048
: Al-Bīrūnī, Persian polymath, dies in Ghazni in modern day Afghanistan at age 75.
13 December 1250
: Frederick II, Holy Roman emperor, dies at the Castel Fiorentino in Apulia, Italy at age 55.
13 December 1466
: Donatello, Italian Renaissance sculptor, dies in Florence at age 80.
13 December 1545
: Pope Paul III opens the Council of Trent, lasting until 1563, to discuss Protestantism and Counter Reformation in today's Trento in Italy.
13 December 1797
: Heinrich Heine, German poet, is born in Düsseldorf.
13 December 1816
: Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist, is born in Lenthe.
13 December 1998
: At 20:25 GMT the International Space Station comes into being as the space shuttle Endeavour undocks from the modules Unity and Zarya.
13 December 2000
: With a difference of 327 votes in Florida, followed by weeks of debate and recounts, the American presidential election is decided in court as Bush v. Gore
13 December 2006
: The Person of the Year
according to Time magazine is “you”, the usually anonymous individual contributing content to the Web 2.0.