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This Day in History for December 20 – Elvis Presley Drafted and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (More info)

1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (More info)

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This Day in History for December 19 – House Votes to Impeach Clinton and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled ‘The American Crisis’ (More info)

1777 – George Washington’s Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (More info)

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This Day in History for December 16 – Boston Tea Party Occurs and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1773 – In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor in what would come to be known as the Boston Tea Party (More info)

1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China and kills an estimated 200,000 (More info)

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This Day in History for December 15 – Bill of Rights Ratified and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1791 – Virginia becomes the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first ten amendments to the Constitution law and completing the revolutionary reforms begun by the Declaration of Independence (More info)

1939 – ‘Gone with the Wind’ premieres at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia (More info)

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This Day in History for December 14 – ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Premieres and More

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1799 – President George Washington dies at the age of 67 (More info)

1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (More info)

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This Day in History for December 13 – Saddam Hussein Captured and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage (More info)

1862 – At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats the Union Major General Ambrose E. Burnside in a decisive loss for the Union army (More info)

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This Day in History for December 12 – GM Phases Out Oldsmobile and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1901 – Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean (More info)

1913 – Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Mona Lisa’ is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence (More info)

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This Day in History for December 9 – ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1851 – The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal, Quebec (More info)

1935 – Walter Liggett, American newspaper editor and muckraker, is killed in gangland murder (More info)

1958 – The John Birch Society is founded in the Un

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This Day in History for December 7 – Pearl Harbor Attacked and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (More info)

1941 – In an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the US naval base at Oahu Island’s Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (More info)

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This Day in History for December 5 – Prohibition Ends and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1848 – In a message before Congress, President James K. Polk sparks the Gold Rush when he confirms that large amounts of the precious metal had been discovered in California (More info)

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This Day in History for December 2 – Enron Declares Bankruptcy and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years (More info)

1823 – During his annual address to Congress, President James Monroe proclaims a new US foreign policy initiative that becomes known as the Monroe Doctrine (More info)

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This Day in History for November 30 – ‘Thriller’ Released and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1981 – In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (More info)

1982 – Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ the best-selling album of all time, is released (More info)

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