What Happened on December 20

Historical Events

  • 1522 Suleiman 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.
  • 1606 Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1803 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27M
  • 1812 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published
  • 1917 Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin
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Did You Know?

Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

On December 20, 1957

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Famous Divorces

  • 1984 Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage
  • 2007 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage
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