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.
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch in the history of the UK; previously, that honor belonged to Queen Victoria.
NeXT merges with Apple Computer, leading to the development of groundbreaking Mac OS X.
NATO begins peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.
U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara.
Four thousand cross the Berlin Wall to visit relatives under a 17-day Christmas accord.
In its first free election in 38 years, the Dominican Republic chooses leftist Juan Bosch Gavino as president.
National Liberation Front is formed by guerrillas fighting the Diem regime in South Vietnam.
U.S. Supreme Court announces that it has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals of Japanese war criminals sentenced by the International Military Tribunal.
Viet Minh and French forces fight fiercely in Annamite section of Hanoi.
Soviet forces halt a German army trying to relieve the besieged city of Stalingrad.
The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.
First electronic television system is patented.
The German government announces 400,000 citizens are to be sterilized because of hereditary defects.
Thousands of Spaniards sign a revolutionary manifesto.
Adolf Hitler is released from prison after serving less than one year of a five year sentence for treason.
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.
South Carolina secedes from the Union.
The United States buys the Louisiana territory from France.
Stephen Urosh IV of Serbia dies while marching to attack Constantinople.