In Photos: This Week in History
Dec. 11, 2008: Bernard Madoff is arrested
The fraudster was arrested at his apartment in New York City, New York, U.S., for operating one of the longest-running Ponzi schemes estimated to be at around $65 billion. After posting a $10 million bail, he was placed under 24-hour house arrest until March 12, 2009. In June, he was sentenced to 150 years of jail for his “extraordinary evil” actions.
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Dec. 12, 1937: USS Panay is bombed
Japanese forces launched an attack on the American gunboat, which was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking, China. The Japanese claimed that it was unintentional as they did not spot the American flags and paid an indemnity of nearly $2 million. This event led to increased tensions between the U.S. and Japan.
Dec. 12, 2000: Bush vs Gore dispute is resolved
Following the dispute surrounding the 2000 presidential election over who won the state of Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court noted that a recount would not be accepted as it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Effectively, George W. Bush narrowly defeated Al Gore to win the presidency.
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Dec. 13, 1983: Highest-scoring game in NBA history is played
Played at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, U.S., between the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets, the feat was achieved on this day when the Pistons won 186-184 in triple-overtime.
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