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 - Adolf Hitler
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1924: Adolf Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison after being pardoned early. He was serving a five-year sentence for an attempted 1923 coup, but served a little more than a year.

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