Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: December 20

On This Day December 20
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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.

1854 image of the ruins of Jamestown showing the tower of the old Jamestown Church built in the 17th century

1854 image of the ruins of Jamestown showing the tower of the old Jamestown Church built in the 17th century






1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.

Flag raising in the Place d'Armes of New Orleans, marking the transfer of sovereignty over French Louisiana to the United States, December 20, 1803, as depicted by Thure de Thulstrup

Flag raising in the Place d’Armes of New Orleans, marking the transfer of sovereignty over French Louisiana to the United States, December 20, 1803, as depicted by Thure de Thulstrup






1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.

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1946 – The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.

Ending scene of the film

Ending scene of the film






1952 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns in Moses Lake, Washington killing 87.

A large four-engined aircraft sitting at an airfield

A large four-engined aircraft sitting at an airfield.






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.

Elvis Presley poses for the camera during his military service at a US base in Germany.

Elvis Presley poses for the camera during his military service at a US base in Germany.