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December 20 in History

What happened on December 20 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 20 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 20 in history.

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2007
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch in the history of the UK; previously, that honor belonged to Queen Victoria.
1996
NeXT merges with Apple Computer, leading to the development of groundbreaking Mac OS X.
1995
NATO begins peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.
1989
U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara.
1963
Four thousand cross the Berlin Wall to visit relatives under a 17-day Christmas accord.
1962
In its first free election in 38 years, the Dominican Republic chooses leftist Juan Bosch Gavino as president.
1960
National Liberation Front is formed by guerrillas fighting the Diem regime in South Vietnam.
1948
U.S. Supreme Court announces that it has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals of Japanese war criminals sentenced by the International Military Tribunal.
1946
Viet Minh and French forces fight fiercely in Annamite section of Hanoi.
1943
Soviet forces halt a German army trying to relieve the besieged city of Stalingrad.
1941
The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.
1938
First electronic television system is patented.
1933
The German government announces 400,000 citizens are to be sterilized because of hereditary defects.
1930
Thousands of Spaniards sign a revolutionary manifesto.
1924
Adolf Hitler is released from prison after serving less than one year of a five year sentence for treason.
1861
English transports loaded with 8,000 troops set sail for Canada so that troops are available if the “Trent Affair” is not settled without war.
1860
South Carolina secedes from the Union.
1802
The United States buys the Louisiana territory from France.
1355
Stephen Urosh IV of Serbia dies while marching to attack Constantinople.