On this day: December 20

POSTED: 10:21 PM PST Dec 19, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 19, 2014 

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 - Dick Wolf
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1946: TV producer Dick Wolf, best known for specializing in crime dramas such as "Miami Vice" and the "Law & Order" franchise, is born in New York City.

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