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20th December

1803 The United States purchased the Louisiana territory from France.

1904 * Irene Dunne, US actress who starred in the film Remember Mama (1948).

1915 90,000 ANZAC troops were evacuated from Gallipoli after being defeated by the Turks.

1946 * Uri Geller, Israeli psychic who amazed people in the 1970's with metal bending telepathy.

1952 * Jenny Agutter, English actress who starred in the film The Railway Children (1970).

1955 The United Nations General Assembly elected Yugoslavia on the Security Council.

1957 Elvis Presley was called up to serve in the US army at the height of his fame.

1966 * Keifer Sutherland, US actor and son of US actor Donald Sutherland.

1968 Prize winning author, John Steinbeck, died in New York.

1973 The Spanish Prime Minister, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, is assassinated in a car bomb attack in Madrid.

1979 More than five million council house tenants in Britain are to be given the right to buy their

1981 A desperate search was underway for the RNLI Penlee lifeboat, Soloman Browne, whose crew of 8 were missing feared dead.

1987 A Philippine ferry with more than 1,500 passengers sank in shark-infested waters.

1989 General Manuel Noriega, dictator of Panama was overthrown by a US led invasion force.

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