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Today is Tues­day, Dec. 20, the 355th day of 2016. There are 11 days left in the year. In 1803, the Louisiana Pur­chase was com­pleted as own­er­ship of the ter­ri­tory was for­mally trans­ferred from France to the United States. In 1860, South Carolina be­came the first state to se­cede from the Union as all 169 del­e­gates to a spe­cial con­ven­tion in Charleston voted in fa­vor of sep­a­ra­tion. In 1946, the Frank Capra film "It's A Won­der­ful Life," star­ring James Ste­wart and Donna Reed, had a preview show­ing for char­ity at New York's Globe The­atre, a day be­fore its of­fi­cial world pre­miere. In 1963, the Ber­lin Wall was opened for the first time to West Ber­lin­ers, who were al­lowed one-day vis­its to rel­a­tives in the East­ern sec­tor. In 1976, Richard J. Da­ley, the mayor of Chicago since 1955, died in office at age 74. In 1987, more than 4,300 peo­ple were killed when the Dona Paz, a Philip­pine pas­sen­ger ship, col­lided with the tanker Vec­tor off Min­doro is­land.

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