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December 13

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Events Pre-1600 *1294 – Saint Celestine V resigns the papacy after only five months to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit. *1545 – The Council of Trent begins as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation. *1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage. 1601–1900 *1623 – The Plymouth Colony establishes the system of trial by 12-men jury in the American colonies. *1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians, a date now considered the founding of the National Guard of the United States. *1642 – Abel Tasman is the first recorded European to sight New Zealand. *1643 – English Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire. *1758 – The English transport ship Duke William sinks in the North Atlantic, killing over 360 people. *1769 – Dartmouth College is founded by the Reveren
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