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Notable Historical Events for December 20th

1699Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1

1987Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship

1974George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK

1983Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

1985Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

1983PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

2007The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

1812"Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published

1991"Father of the Bride", starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short, is released

1957Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

December 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 20th

1946Uri Geller, Tel Aviv, Israel, psychic (bends forks)

1983Jonah Hill, Los Angeles California, American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street)

1894Robert Menzies, Jeparit, Victoria, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving

1946Dick Wolf, New York, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order)

December 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 20th

1832Inventor William Henry Fox Talbot (32) weds Constance Mundy

1919Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn

1993Business magnate Donald Trump (47) weds former model Marla Maples (30) at Trump Plaza Hotel

1964Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

1949"Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)

1989Business magnate Richard Branson (39) weds Joan Templeman in British Virgin Islands

December 20th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 20th

1984Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage

2007"Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

December 20th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 20th

1961Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

1968John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

December 20th Deaths
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