20th December

The events happened on 20th December are :

1999 : Macau made an administrative region of China : On this day in 1999, 12 years after an agreement was reached between China and Portugal, several centuries of Portuguese rule ended in Macau when it became a special administrative region under Chinese sovereignty.

1989 : The United States launched Operation Just Cause, a military invasion of Panama, the initial attack focusing primarily on the Panama City headquarters of leader Manuel Noriega.

1974 : Ethiopia was declared a socialist state under the leadership of Mengistu Haile Mariam.

1971 : Pakistani President Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan transferred power to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

1960 : The Vietnamese National Liberation Front was formed, with the purpose of effecting the reunification of North and South Vietnam.

1860 : Following Abraham Lincoln's election as U.S. president, South Carolina became the first U.S. state to secede from the Union.

1841 : French educator Ferdinand-Édouard Buisson, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1927 (jointly with the German pacifist Ludwig Quidde), was born.

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