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Calendar for December 20th, 2013

1790s

  • 1790: Operation of first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill in U.S. began, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

  • 1800s

  • 1803: Louisiana Purchase finalized

  • 1820s

  • 1820: Missouri imposed a $1 tax on bachelors

  • 1860s

  • 1860: South Carolina seceded from the Union

  • Born 1868: Harvey Samuel Firestone (tire manufacturer)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1898: Irene Dunne (actress)

  • 1910s

  • 1918: Name "Canadian National Railways" was authorized

  • 1920s

  • Born 1922: George Roy Hill (director of film)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Nicole DeBoer (actress)

  • Died 1973: Bobby Darin (singer)

  • 1980s

  • 1982: 24-lb. 8-oz. horse-eye jack caught, Miami, Florida

  • Died 1982: Arthur Rubenstein (pianist)

  • 1990s

  • Born 1990: JoJo (singer)

  • Died 1996: Carl Sagan (astronomer)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2007: J. Russell Coffey (oldest known U.S. veteran of World War I)

  • Died 2008: Robert Mulligan (director)

  • Died 2009: Brittany Murphy (actress)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Steve Landesberg (actor)


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