On this day: December 13

POSTED: 10:03 AM PST Dec 12, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 12, 2014 

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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