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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 - George Roy Hill
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1922: Film director George Roy Hill, best known for such films as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting," "The World According to Garp" and "Slap Shot," is born in Minneapolis, Minn. He died at age 81 from complications of Parkinson's disease in December 2002.

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