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Notable Historical Events for December 20th

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

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

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

1862Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky

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

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

1987Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship

1985Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

1983Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

1983PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

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)

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

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

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

December 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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