Today is Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
1805 Thomas Graham, the father of colloid chemistry
1833 Dr Samuel A. Mudd, convicted of giving medical aid to J.W. Booth
1868 Harvey Firestone, tiremaker
1868 Harvey Firestone
1898 Irene Dunne
1904 Irene Dunne, actress, "Life With Father"
1922 George Roy Hill
1946 Uri Geller
1606 Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown
1699 Peter the Great orders Russian New Year changed: Sept 1 to Jan 1
1790 first successful US cotton mill, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
1803 Louisiana Purchase officially transferred from France to the US.
1820 Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men from 21-50
1860 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the union.
1892 Phileas Fogg completes around world trip, according to Verne
1892 the pneumatic automobile tire is patented
1919 Canadian National Railways established (longest on continent with more than 50,000 kilometers of track in US & Canada)
1939 Radio Australia starts shortwave service
1987 Larry Wall releases Perl version 1.
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