December 20th is known as Games Day and Sangria Day.
Welcome to the 354th day of the year! We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year with only 11 days left of 2022.
This day was certainly an interesting day in years gone by and you’re about to discover the good, the bad and the ugly events that all happened on this day.
Did you know that on this day in 1996, the classic horror film “Scream” was released? It was credited with revitalizing the horror genre, which, at that point, was considered almost dead.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 20th in history!
What Events Happened On December 20 In History?
2017 Lady Gaga signed a Las Vegas residency deal for $75 million at MGM Park Theatre.
2009 US President Barack Obama received a vaccine jab against the swine flu.
2007 Pablo Picasso’s “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch” was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café by Candido Portinari.
2002 Gangs of New York, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, was released.
1996 The horror film classic “Scream,” starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, was released.
1991 A Palestinian couple was convicted of first-degree murder for the honor killing on their daughter.
In St. Louis, Missouri, Zein Isa and his wife Maria performed an honor killing on their daughter, with Maria holding her while Zein stabbed her. The FBI had already been monitoring Zein due to terrorist suspicion, and her death was recorded on audiotape from a bug.
1985 Pope John Paul II established World Youth Day, an event for young Christians around the world.
1977 The first spacewalk was made by the Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko during Salyut 6 EO-1 mission.
During the 96-day mission, Grechko used an Orlan spacesuit (still used today) to inspect if there was damage on the forward docking port.
1968 The Zodiac Killer claimed two more victims.
Although Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday were the first confirmed Zodiac victims, it's impossible to say if they were his first kills. Betty and David were high school students on their first date in Vallejo, California, when the Zodiac Killer murdered them.
1946 The Christmas classic directed by Frank Capra, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” premiered in New York.
1924 Adolf Hitler was freed from jail early.
After an unsuccessful attempt to seize Munich, Adolf Hitler was arrested and charged with high treason. He was sentenced to five years; however, he only served nine months after being released early for good behavior.
1915 The last Australian troops were evacuated from Gallipoli during World War I.
1860 South Carolina seceded from the United States of America.
Voters in South Carolina were almost all on the wrong side of history when they rejected the election of Abraham Lincoln and left the US in a fuss. They became one of the founding members of the Confederate States of America before ultimately being readmitted to the US less than eight years later.
Famous Quotes Said On December 20
Here we have the most notable quotes that have been said on this day throughout history.
“No writing has any real value which is not the expression of genuine thought and feeling.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.”
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