On This Day in History, December 20

Do you love to read widely on interesting facts? We have compiled some historical facts of events that happened in history on December 20.

Here, add more knowledge to your history.

  • 1699 – Peter the Great ordered that the Russian New Year be changed from September 1 to January 1.
  • 1860South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union.
  • 1803 – The United States was officially handed over the territory of Louisiana by the French.
  • 1971 – Pakistan president Yahya Khan resigned.
  • 1973 – Spanish Prime Minister Carrero Blanco was assassinated.
  • 1974 – Ethiopia became a socialist one-party state.
  • 1989 –  The United States’ invasion of Panama began.
  • 1963 – The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners.
  • 1990 – The first website to go live at CERN was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.
  • 1998In Houston, TX, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to the only known living set of octuplets.
  • 1999 – Portuguese transferred its sovereignty of Macau to China.
  • 2001 – The U.S. Congress passed a $20 billion package to finance the war against terrorism taking place in Afghanistan.
  • 2001Argentina’s President, Fernando De la Rua, resigned after two years in power.
  • 2001 – The first British peacekeepers arrived in Afghanistan to help the nation heal after decades of war.
  • 2005 – The first same-sex civil partnerships in Scotland were celebrated.
  • 2007 – Queen Elizabeth became the longest-living British monarch.
  • 2009 – US President Barack Obama receives his vaccine jab against swine flu.
  • 2017 – US House and Senate pass a $1.5 trillion tax and jobs bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades.
  • 2018 – US Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, announced his resignation after disagreements with President Donald Trump.
  • 2019 – United States Space Force founded, an armed forces branch dedicated to space warfare.


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