What Happened On This Day – December 20
2007 Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest-living British monarch
The previous longest living monarch - Queen Victoria - died on Jan 22, 1901, when she was 81 years, 7 months, and 29 days old. Queen Elizabeth, who was born on 21 April 1926, turned 81 years, 7 months and 30 days on this day.
1999 Portuguese transfer sovereignty of Macau to China
Portugal ruled over the special administrative region of China from the mid-16th century to 1999. Macau has a high degree of independence from China, and has control over its legal system, monetary system, and immigration policy.
1989 United States' invasion of Panama begins
Also known as Operation Just Cause, the invasion took place under the leadership of President George H. W. Bush and led to the deposing of the dictator, Manuel Noriega. The invasion ended on January 31, 1990.
1973 Spanish Prime Minister Carrero Blanco assassinated
A confidant of dictator Francisco Franco, Blanco was assassinated by the Basque nationalist and separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna or ETA.
1803 Louisiana Purchase completed
The United States was officially handed over the territory of Louisiana by the French. The French had regained control of the territory that spans over 15 present-day states and 2 Canadian territories in 1800. In 1762, Spain had taken over the territory.
Births On This Day – December 20
1976 Aubrey Huff
American baseball player
1966 Matt Neal
English race car driver
1946 Uri Geller
1905 Bill O'Reilly
1868 Harvey Samuel Firestone
American businessman, founded the Firestone Tire, Rubber Company
Deaths On This Day – December 20
1996 Carl Sagan
American astronomer, author
1976 Richard J. Daley
American politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago
1968 John Steinbeck
American author, Nobel Prize laureate
American member of the Lewis, Clark Expedition
1722 Kangxi Emperor