On this day: December 20

Published: Dec 20 2012 01:21:48 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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.

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2009: Actress Brittany Murphy, best known for her roles in movies such as "Clueless," "8 Mile" and "Just Married," dies at the age of 32. The Los Angeles County coroner would later rule that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.

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