December 20 1803
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million.
December 20 1957
Elvis receives orders from the draft board to serve in the United States Army, which to his credit he does without complaint.
December 20 1971
Talk show host Larry King, host of CNN’s Larry King Live, arrested in Miami on charges of grand larceny. He must have been in-between wives.
December 20 1973
Basque separatists assassinate the Spanish Prime Minister, Luis Carrero Blanco, by placing a mine under his automobile. The Basques are a non-Spanish ethnic group in Spain; nobody knows where they really came from.
December 20 1989
US invades Panama! Smack that dictator!
December 20 1996
Carl Sagan, the effervescently lugubrious astronomer, dead of bone marrow disease at age 62.
December 20 1997
Sotheby’s auctions off the loincloth worn by Kirk Douglas in the 1960 film Spartacus for $2,990.