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On this day: December 20

POSTED: 10:21 PM PST Dec 19, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 19, 2013 

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 - Sacagawea
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1812: Sacagawea, a Native American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies of an unknown sickness at Fort Manuel Lisa Trading Post on the Missouri River about 12 miles north of what became Omaha, Neb.

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