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DECEMBER 20

1833 Samuel Mudd (Maryland-born Doctor Accused of Aiding John Wilkes Booth in the Assassination of President Lincoln) Samuel Mudd Medicine Assassination of President Lincoln
1881 Branch Rickey (Ohio-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Branch Rickey Baseball Hall of Fame
1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (California-born Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) California Sports Figures International Tennis Hall of Fame
1900 Gabby Hartnett (Rhode Island-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Rhode Island Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1942 Bob Hayes (Florida-born African-American Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Bob Hayes Track & Field Hall of Fame The Olympic Games Football Famous Afrcian Americans
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1911 Denman Arena Opens in Vancouver, Canada as the World's Largest Artificial Ice Rink Canada Ice Ice Hockey Ice Skating History of Vancouver
1942 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves 3,000 Dead in Turkey Turkey Earthquakes Death USGS
1946 8.4 Magnitude Earthquake and 10' Wave Kill 1,330 in Japan Japan Earthquakes Ocean Death USGS
1962 Don Meyers Sets World Indoor Pole Vault Record: 16' 1 1/4" Track and Field Vault World
1966 The National Basketball Association Awards a Franchise to the City of Seattle Seattle, Washington Basketball Seattle Supersonics History Link

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