On 12 May 1975 the cargo ship SS Mayaguez was seized by gunboats from this country.
- North Korea
Today in History: Born on December 13
William Drummond, Scottish poet.
Heinrich Heine, German poet, satirist and journalist.
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.
Phillips Brooks, Episcopal clergyman who wrote the lyrics for "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
Alexis Millardet, botanist who developed the first successful fungicide.
Marc Connelly, playwright, actor, director and journalist (The Green Pastures).
Kenneth Patchen, American poet and author (Before the Brave, Hurrah for Anything).
Phillip Anderson, physicist.
Sir Terence Beckett, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (1980–1987).
Dick Van Dyke, actor, singer, producer; (The Dick Van Dyke TV series, Mary Poppins).
Richard D. Zanuck, film producer; won Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 (Driving Miss Daisy).
Jeff Baxter, musician with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers bands.
Ted Nugent, singer, songwriter, musician, actor.
John Anderson, country singer, musician.
Jamie Foxx, actor, singer.
Taylor Swift, multiple award-winning crossover country singer, actress; youngest-ever Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and youngest artist ever to win an Album of the Year Grammy.