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On this day: December 13

POSTED: 10:03 AM PST Dec 12, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 12, 2013 

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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