DECEMBER 20: The Daily Flashback
1803: The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.
1820: The state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.
1880: New York City’s Broadway became known as the “Great White Way” when it was lit by electricity.
1946: The Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life” had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theatre, a day before its official world premiere.
1957: Elvis Presley received his U.S. Army draft notice.
1963: The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.
1965:The Beach Boys single “Barbara Ann” was released.
1967: The band Jethro Tull, named after the 18th-century inventor of the seed drill, was formed.
1975: Joe Walsh joined the Eagles, replacing original member Bernie Leadon.
1981: The musical Dreamgirls opened on Broadway.
1986: Thanks to its use in the movie of the same name, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” originally released in 1961, breaks into the Top 10 in the US.
1990: The world’s first website and server go live at CERN. The first website was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.
1994: Tennis champion Ivan Lendl retired after a 17-year career.
1938: Mattie Alou
1939: Kim Weston
1942: Bob Hayes
1944: Bobby Colomby
1945: Peter Criss
1948: Alan Parsons
1958: Billy Bragg
1959: Jackie Fox
1966: Chris Robinson
1968: John Steinbeck
1973: Bobby Darin