Historical Events In December - 20
Saturday, 15 May 2021
1976 Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74 on December - 20.
1977 First Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut on this day in history.
1978 H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail on this day in history.
1980 USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin on this day in history.
1981 "Dreamgirls" opens on Broadway on December - 20.
1982 Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95 on this day in history.
1983 On December - 20 pLO chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
1984 On December - 20 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in the Yale library
1986 On December - 20 white teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach NY
1987 On December - 20 worst peacetime shipping disaster, Dona Paz collides with Vector 1,749 confirmed deaths (probably closer to 3,000)
1988 On December - 20 animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
1988 NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years on this day in history.
1988 Max Robinson, 1st black network (ABC) TV anchor, dies of AIDS at 49 on this day in history.
1989 On December - 20 uS troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him
1989 Audrey Christie, actress (Splendor in the Grass), dies at 77 on December - 20.
1990 Eduard Shevardnadze resigns as Soviet foreign minister on this day in history.
1990 Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15 on this day in history.
1990 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns on this day in history.
1991 On this day in history andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies
1993 Moses Gunn, actor (Shaft), dies at 64 on this day in history.
1994 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State (1961-69), dies at 85 on December - 20.
1995 On this day in history nATO assumes peacekeeping duties in Bosnia
1995 On this day in history john Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer, dies at 90
1996 Amata Kabua, Pres of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies on December - 20.
1997 Dawn Steel, film maker (When Harry Met Sally), dies at 51 on December - 20.
2005 205 New York City transit strike: New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 10 goes on strike for three days, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services on December - 20.
2006 On December - 20 somalia: Islamic Courts Union fighters begin attacking the government-held town of Baidoa.
2007 On December - 20 a group of activist Lakota Indians send a letter to the United States State Department declaring their secession from the Union.
2007 On this day in history an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 ML hits the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, causing one death and significant damage in the town of Gisborne.
2007 The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, together with O Lavrador de Café , by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari on this day in history.
2012 Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities on December - 20.
2017 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre on this day in history.
2017 US House and Senate pass $1.5 trillion tax bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades on this day in history.
2017 European Commission triggers first step of its article 7 procedure issuing Poland with formal warning of risk to voting rights on December - 20.