On this day: December 20

Published: Dec 20 2012 01:21:48 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2013 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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1803: The Louisiana Purchase is completed as the territory is formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.

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