20 December It Happened Today


1803  The US purchases 831321 square miles of land from France for $15 million. This becomes known as the “Louisiana Purchase”.

1860  South Carolina secedes from the Union.

1924  Adolf Hitler is paroled after serving eight months for high treason.

1952  Birth of British actress Jenny Agutter.

1968  Death of American novelist John Steinbeck.



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