On This Day: December 20th

This is 354th day of the year and 11 days remain in the year.

in history
1790
Samuel Slater built the nation's first cotton mill in Pawtucket, R.I.
1803
The United States purchased the Louisiana territory from France for $15 million.
1860
South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.
1968
Author John Steinbeck died at age 66.
1989
The United States invaded Panama and installed a new government but failed to capture General Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1996
Astronomer Carl Sagan died at age 62.
December 20 Birthdays
Branch Rickey

1881–1965, American baseball executive.


Jenny Agutteractor
JoJoactor, singer
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightmanathlete
Susanne K. Langerphilosopher
Harvey Samuel Firestoneindustrialist
Thomas Grahamchemist
Sidney Hookphilosopher



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