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DECEMBER 20

1868 Harvey Firestone (Ohio-born Founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) Harvey Firestone Automobiles Inventors & Inventions Firestone Tires
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1783 Virginia Cedes Its Western Land to the Federal Government Virginia History Channel
1790 America's First Cotton Mill Begins Production in Rhode Island Rhode Island Business & Economics Library of Congress
1803 U.S. Completes $27M Purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France France The Louisiana Purchase Business & Economics EconEdLink
1835 Residents of Golida, Texas Declare Their Independence from Mexico Mexico Texas Texas State Historical Association
1836 Republic of Texas Creates a Post Office Department Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1862 Confederates Raid Grant's Mississippi Supply Depot Mississippi Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War History Channel
1863 Union Troops Capture & Burn Confederate Steamer Little Lilly on Florida's Suwannee River Suwannee River State Park American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
A Landmark of St. Paul, Minnesota, the American House Hotel, Burns St. Paul, Minnesota Fire Minnesota Historical Society
1879 Jacksonville, Florida's Southern Bell Telephone Company Is Chartered Jacksonville, Florida Telephone Florida Historical Society
1886 The Driskill Hotel Opens in Austin, Texas Texas Business Official Website Texas State Historical Association
1905 The SS Portland Is Stranded on Alaska's Spire Island Reef Near Ketchikan, Suffering $20,000 Damage Alaska Naval History Economics Alaska Historical Society

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