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December 20th, 2069 (December 20 2069)EventVespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of emperor.
December 20th, 2007 (December 20 2007)EventHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
December 20th, 2007 (December 20 2007)EventThe painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Cafe, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.Pablo Picasso Quotes
December 20th, 2006 (December 20 2006)EventA judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.
December 20th, 2005 (December 20 2005)Event2005 New York City transit strike: New York City s Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.
December 20th, 2005 (December 20 2005)EventUS District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
December 20th, 2005 (December 20 2005)EventThe first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated.
December 20th, 2002 (December 20 2002)EventUS Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.Trent Lott Quotes
December 20th, 2001 (December 20 2001)EventArgentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rua is forced out of office.
December 20th, 1999 (December 20 1999)EventMacau is handed over to the People s Republic of China by Portugal.
December 20th, 1996 (December 20 1996)EventNeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.
December 20th, 1995 (December 20 1995)EventNATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.
December 20th, 1995 (December 20 1995)EventAmerican Airlines Flight 965, a Boeing 757, crashes into a mountain 50 km north of Cali, Colombia killing 160.
December 20th, 1995 (December 20 1995)EventThe Democratic Social Movement is founded in Greece.
December 20th, 1991 (December 20 1991)EventA Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.
December 20th, 1989 (December 20 1989)EventUnited States invasion of Panama: The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega.
December 20th, 1988 (December 20 1988)EventThe United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed in Vienna.
December 20th, 1984 (December 20 1984)EventThe Summit tunnel fire is the largest underground fire in history, as a freight train carrying over 1 million litres of petrol derails near the town of Todmorden in the Pennines.
December 20th, 1973 (December 20 1973)EventThe Spanish Prime Minister, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, is assassinated by a car bomb attack in Madrid.
December 20th, 1968 (December 20 1968)EventThe Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
December 20th, 1960 (December 20 1960)EventNational Front for the Liberation of Vietnam is formed.
December 20th, 1955 (December 20 1955)EventCardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom.
December 20th, 1952 (December 20 1952)EventUnited States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns in Moses Lake, Washington killing 87.
December 20th, 1951 (December 20 1951)EventThe EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for the first time. The electricity powered four light bulbs.
December 20th, 1942 (December 20 1942)EventWorld War II: Bombing of Calcutta by the Japanese.
December 20th, 1941 (December 20 1941)EventWorld War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
December 20th, 1917 (December 20 1917)EventCheka, the first Soviet secret police, is founded.
December 20th, 1915 (December 20 1915)EventWorld War I: Last Australian troops evacuated from Gallipoli.
December 20th, 1860 (December 20 1860)EventSouth Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States.
December 20th, 1835 (December 20 1835)EventFirst signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Goliad, Texas.
December 20th, 1803 (December 20 1803)EventThe Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
December 20th, 1606 (December 20 1606)EventThe Virginia Company loads three ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
December 20th, 1522 (December 20 1522)EventSuleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
December 20th, 1192 (December 20 1192)EventRichard the Lion-Heart is captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the crusade.

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