December 13

This Day in History

2006

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Extinct

"After an extensive and ultimately fruitless search along China's Yangtze River, it was confirmed by a group of scientists on 13 December 2006, that the baiji, sometimes known as the Yangtze River or … (more...)

1937

The Rape of Nanking

During the Sino-Japanese War, Nanking, the capital of China, falls to Japanese forces and the Chinese government flees to Hankow, further inland along the Yangtze River. To break the spirit of Chinese … (more...)

1048

Arab Scholar Abu Rayhan al-Biruni Born

"On this in 1048, Persian scholar, mathematician, astronomer, historian, and geographer, Abu Rayhan al-Biruni died. Born Abu al-Rayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Biruni in Khwarezm, an oasis south of … (more...)