On This Day

On This Day in History for December 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 El Salvador adopts constitution

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1983 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • 1986 White teenagers beat blacks in New York City's Howard Beach
  • 1987 Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector in Philippine waters, 4,386 die in world's deadliest peacetime maritime disaster
  • 1988 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
  • 1988 Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka
  • 1989 Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor

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1989 US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1990 Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15
  • 1990 Robert F X Sillerman purchases WAFL NY-NJ Knights for $11 million

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1990 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns

President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat
Eduard Shevardnadze
  • 1990 The world's first website and server go live at CERN

ReplacementLeadership Contest

1991 Paul Keating becomes Prime Minister of Australia after rolling Bob Hawke for leadership of the Labor party

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
  • 1991 A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.

  • 1992 Northwest & KLM introduce a new joint logo "Worldwide Reliability"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1992 Slobodan Milosevic re-elected president of Serbia

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • 1995 American Flight 965 crashes into a mountain in Buga, Colombia, 159 die, 5 survive
  • 1995 NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia
  • 1999 Portugal returns Macau to China
  • 2001 Argentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rúa is forced out of office.
  • 2002 US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.
  • 2005 US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
  • 2005 The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated
  • 2005 New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike over pension and wage increases, shutting down all subway and bus services for three days
  • 2006 A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.

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2007 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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2007 The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso

PandemicSwine Flu Pandemic

2009 US President Barack Obama receives his vaccine jab against swine flu

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President Barack Obama receives his flu jab during the 2009 swine flu pandemic
President Barack Obama receives his flu jab during the 2009 swine flu pandemic
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  • 2012 Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities
  • 2012 Intercontinental Exchange purchases the New York Stock Exchange, the largest in the world, for $8 billion
  • 2014 Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley kills 2 NYPD officers in Brooklyn, New York, supposedly in revenge for the killing of Eric Garner, before killing himself
  • 2015 Landslide from construction waste in Shenzhen, China leaves 74 dead or missing and buries 30 buildings
  • 2017 US House and Senate pass $1.5 trillion tax and jobs bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades
  • 2017 European Commission triggers first step of its article 7 procedure issuing Poland with formal warning of risk to voting rights

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2018 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis announces his resignation after disagreements with President Donald Trump

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 New figures show average US male weighs 198 pounds and stands 5 feet 9 inches, women 171 pounds and 5 feet 4 inches
  • 2019 United States Space Force founded, an armed forces branch dedicated to space warfare
  • 2020 European countries begin closing their borders to the UK after news of a faster-spreading variant of COVID-19 across London and the south-east

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