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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 - Bob Hope
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Paramount Pictures

1920: At the age of 17, Bob Hope, then known by his birth name Leslie Townes Hope, becomes a American citizen by virtue of his father's naturalization. Hope was born in England and his family emigrated to the United States when he was 4 years old.

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