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December 20 Birthdays

Branch Rickey
1881–1965, American baseball executive.

Thomas Graham
chemist (1805)

Harvey Samuel Firestone
industrialist (1868)

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
athlete (1886)

Susanne K. Langer
philosopher (1895)

Sidney Hook
philosopher (1902)

Jenny Agutter
actor (1952)

actor, singer (1990)

December 20 in History


Samuel Slater built the nation's first cotton mill in Pawtucket, R.I.


The United States purchased the Louisiana territory from France for $15 million.


South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.


Author John Steinbeck died at age 66.


The United States invaded Panama and installed a new government but failed to capture General Manuel Antonio Noriega.


Astronomer Carl Sagan died at age 62.

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