- 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
Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service
On December 20, 1957