On this day: December 20

POSTED: 10:21 PM PST Dec 19, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 19, 2015 

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 - John Lennon
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Geffen Records

1980: "(Just Like) Starting Over" gives John Lennon his first No. 1 single as a solo artist in the United Kingdom, 12 days after his murder. It would also reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of Dec. 27.


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