On this day: December 20

Published On: Dec 20 2012 12:21:48 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 20 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

The Louisiana Purchase is completed, South Carolina secedes from the U.S., Edison demonstrates his incandescent light, Elvis gets drafted, and the U.S. invades Panama, all on this day.

OTD December 20 - Louisiana Purchase
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1803: The Louisiana Purchase is completed as the territory is formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.

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