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 - Branch Rickey
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1881: Branch Rickey, the baseball executive famous for creating the farm team system and hiring the first black players, including Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers, is born in Stockdale, Ohio. The Baseball Hall of Famer died of heart failure at age 83 on Dec. 9, 1965.

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