What Happened on December 20

Significant Events

  • 1522 Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. Eventually settle in Malta, 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
  • 1960 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
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Did You Know?

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

On December 20, 1957

Would You Believe?

Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 & 50

On December 20, 1820

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Famous Divorces

  • 1984 Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage
  • 2005 Actress Renee Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months 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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