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 This day in History - December 20
371 Historic Events for December 20
1985

Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)

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1985

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

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1986

White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, NY

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1987

Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship

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1987

Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die

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1987

"Nuts" with Barbra Striesand premieres

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1987

76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)

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1988

Max Robinson, 1st black network (ABC) TV anchor, dies of AIDS at 49

Death
1988

Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's dept store, London

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1988

NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years

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1988

Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected pres of Sri Lanka

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1989

US troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him

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1989

Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor

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1989

Audrey Christie, actress (Splendor in the Grass), dies at 77

Death
1990

Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15

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1990

Robert F X Sillerman purchases WAFL NY-NJ Knights for $11 million

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1990

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns

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1991

Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54

Death
1991

Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies

Death
1991

Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives and Grows), dies

Death
1991

Helene Heigh, actress (Undercover Woman, Teen Age Thunder), dies at 86

Death
1991

Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60

Death
1991

Walter Chiari, actor (Girl Under Sheet), dies of heart attack at 67

Death
1991

Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88

Death
1991

NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning and Ottawa Senators

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