Historical Events for 20th December 2018

1522 – Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle in Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
1893 – 1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia
1918 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon of the Caribees” premieres in NYC
1946 – Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” film premieres in New York, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore
1959 – Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
1973 – Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms
1985 – Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
1990 – Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns
1991 – A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.
2002 – “Gangs of New York”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

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