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 - Trent Lott
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U.S. Congress

2002: U.S. Sen. Trent Lott resigns as Senate Republican leader two weeks after igniting a political firestorm with racially charged remarks at Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party regarding Thurmond's 1948 presidential campaign. Thurmond had run as a Dixiecrat on an explicit States' Rights platform that challenged the Civil Rights Movement and called for the preservation of racial segregation.

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