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Notable Historical Events for December 20th

2007Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

1957Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

1991"Father of the Bride", starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short, is released

1924Adolf Hitler freed from jail early

1920Bob Hope becomes an American citizen

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

1967"The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft premieres

1699Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1

1917Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin

1823Franz Schubert's "Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde," premieres in Vienna

December 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 20th

1946Uri Geller, Tel Aviv, Israel, psychic (bends forks)

1946Dick Wolf, New York, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order)

1868Harvey Firestone, Columbia, Ohio, Industrialist, where the rubber meets the road, (d. 1938)

1983Jonah Hill, Los Angeles California, American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street)

December 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 20th

1989Business magnate Richard Branson (39) weds Joan Templeman in British Virgin Islands

1993Business magnate Donald Trump (47) weds former model Marla Maples (30) at Trump Plaza Hotel

1919Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn

1964Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

1832Inventor William Henry Fox Talbot (32) weds Constance Mundy

1949"Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)

December 20th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 20th

2007"Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

1984Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage

December 20th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 20th

1961Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

1968John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

December 20th Deaths
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