ON THIS DAY
1606 – The Virginia Company loads three ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.
1946 – The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.
1952 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns in Moses Lake, Washington killing 87.
1957 – Elvis Presley is drafted: On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army.