What happened today in history?
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December 20

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
2004Chicago blues singer-guitarist Son Seals dies of complications from diabetes, at age 62.
1999Country singer Hank Snow dies in Nashville, at age 85.
1995An American Airlines Boeing 757 jetliner crashes into a mountain near Buga, Colombia, killing 163 of the 167 people aboard.
1989Operation Just Cause begins with the US sending troops into Panama to remove General Manuel Noriega from power.
1987The Philippine passenger ship Dona Paz collides with a tanker off Mindoro island, killing more than 3,000 passengers and crew.
1976Chicago mayor Richard Daley dies at age 74.
1973Singer Bobby Darin dies during heart surgery at age 37.
1968Author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath) dies in New York at age 66.
1963The Berlin Wall opened for the first time during the holidays (it closed again on Jan 6, 1964).
1938The iconoscope television system, forerunner of the modern TV, is patented by Vladimir Zworykin of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

Bob Hope
 Entertainer Bob Hope (born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England, on May 29, 1903)
 becomes a US citizen.
 (photo credit: NARA)


1879Thomas Edison gives a private demonstration of the incandescent light at his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory.
1860South Carolina is the first state to secede from the Union, at the start of the US Civil War.
1803The US makes the Louisiana Purchase, obtaining the Louisiana territories from France for $15 million dollars.
1606  Captain Christopher Newport sets sail from England to establish the first permanent settlement in what would become Jamestown, Virginia.

Born today:

1966  Chris Robinson - singer (The Black Crowes)

1958  Billy Bragg - guitarist, singer

1952  Jenny Agutter - actress

1950  Bill Clement - hockey player, sportscaster

1948  Stevie Wright - singer (The Easybeats)

1947  Peter Criss - drummer, singer (KISS)

1946  Uri Geller - psychic entertainer

1944  Bobby Colomby - drummer (Blood, Sweat and Tears)

1932  John Hillerman - actor (Magnum P.I.)

1926  David Levine - caricature artist

1925  Mahathir bin Mohamed - prime minister of Malaysia

1922  George Roy Hill - film director

1895  Susanne Langer - philosopher

1881  Branch Rickey - baseball player

1868  Harvey Firestone - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder


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