On This Day In History, 20 December

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World Events Today

  • After serving less than a year of a 5-year sentence for high treason, Adolf Hitler was released from prison today in 1924
  • Cardiff City started to be recognised as the capital city of Wales today in 1955
  • Animal rights terrorists fire-bombed the Harrods department store in London today in 1988

Entertainment Events Today

  • Grimms’ Fairy Tales, originally known as the Children’s and Household Tales, was published today in 1812
  • The American Christmas movie classic “It’s A Wonderful Life”, produced and directed by Frank Capra, was released today in 1946
  • Elvis Presley received his draft notice, his call up to the US Army for National Service, today in 1957

Family Events Today

  • The self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller, famous for his fork bending, was born today in 1946 in Tel Aviv
  • The British actress Jenny Agutter, who starred in The Railway Children and American Werewolf in London, was born today in 1952 in Somerset
  • Stephen William Bragg, better known as the English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, was born today in 1957 in Essex

Main Event Today

  • Betty Jenson and David Faraday were murdered today in 1968 in Vallejo, California, they were the first 2 of 7 confirmed killings by the infamous Zodiac Killer

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sangria Day

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