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 - Peter Criss
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1945: Rock musician Peter Criss, best known as the original drummer for hard rock band Kiss, is born George Peter John Criscuola in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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