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This Day in History for December 20

1790 – 1st successful US cotton mill begins spinning yarn in Pawtucket, Rhode Island built by Samuel Slater based on Richard Arkwright’s design.

1820 – Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men aged between 21 & 50.

1864 – Battle of Ft Fisher, NC.

1919 – US House of Representatives restricts immigration.

1940 – Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000.

1941 – World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers” in Kunming, China.

1945 – Rationing of auto tires ends in US.

1946 – Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” film premieres in New York, directed by Frank Capra, starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

1957 – Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service.

1962 – Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show.

1967 – 474.300 US soldiers in Vietnam.

1969 – Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” reaches #1.

1974 – “The Godfather Part II”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)

1978 – H. R. Haldeman, Nixon’s White House Chief of Staff released from jail.

1988 – NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years.

1989 – US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don’t catch him.

2002 – US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.

2012 – Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities.

2012 – Intercontinental Exchange purchases the New York Stock Exchange, the largest in the world, for $8 billion.

2017 – US House and Senate pass $1.5 trillion tax and jobs bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades.

2018 – US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announces his resignation after disagreements with President Donald Trump

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