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Notable Historical Events for December 20th

1924Adolf Hitler freed from jail early

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

1812"Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published

2002"Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

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

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

1996The horror classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

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

2007The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

1987Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship

December 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 20th

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

1894Robert Menzies, Jeparit, Victoria, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving

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

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

December 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 20th Deaths
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