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Notable Historical Events for December 20th

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.

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

1862Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky

1917Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin

1823Franz Schubert's "Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde," premieres in Vienna

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

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

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

1924Adolf Hitler freed from jail early

1940Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

December 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 20th

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)

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

1868Harvey Firestone, Columbia, Ohio, Industrialist, where the rubber meets the road, (d. 1938)

December 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 20th Deaths
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