What to remember about December 20th…
- 1783 Virginia cedes western territory reaching as far as Mississippi River
- 1803 French peacefully surrender New Orleans to America as part of Louisiana Purchase
- 1946 Classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is released in New York; Frank Capra movie stars James Stewart and Donna Reed
- 1957 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice during the Korean War; he served in West Germany in a tank battalion
- 1963 For the 1st time in 2 years East Germany allows westerners to enter on one-day passes through the Berlin Wall
- 1989 After the murder of a U.S. Marine by Panamanian police December 16th, American forces invade in Operation Just Cause
- 2005 US District Court rules against mandating teaching of “intelligent design” in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.