Men in History Today
1669 Dec 20, The 1st American jury trial was held in Delaware. Marcus Jacobson was condemned for insurrection and sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery.
1924 Dec 20, Adolf Hitler was released from prison after serving less than one year of a five year sentence for treason.
1971 Dec 20, Sheik Mujibar Rahman was nominated as president of Bangladesh. He was released from prison in Pakistan on Dec 22 and returned to Bangladesh Jan 10.
1994 Dec 20, Former President Jimmy Carter succeeded in getting Bosnia’s warring factions to agree to a temporary cease-fire.
1994 Dec 20, Marcelino Corniel, a homeless man, was shot and mortally wounded by White House security officers as he brandished a knife near the executive mansion.
1996 Dec 20, President Clinton selected Federico Pena as energy secretary, Rodney Slater as transportation secretary, Andrew Cuomo as housing secretary and Alexis Herman as labor secretary.
1997 Dec 20, President Nelson Mandela stepped down as leader of South Africa’s governing African National Congress.
2001 Dec 20, Argentine President Fernando De la Rua resigned, hours after his economy minister, following two days of anti-government unrest that left 22 people dead and more than 200 injured. The foreign debt stood at $132 billion.
2001 Dec 20, Leopold Sedar Senghor (b.1906), poet and former president of Senegal (1960-1980), died in France at age 95.
2004 Dec 20, Frank Seals (62), Chicago blues guitarist and singer, died.
2006 Dec 20, Pres. George W. Bush signed the Stolen Valor Act prohibiting anyone from falsely claiming to have won a military decoration.
2010 Dec 20, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg toured the offices of Baidu, China’s top search engine, during a visit that has sparked speculation the social networking magnate is looking for business opportunities in the world’s largest Internet market.
2011 Dec 20, In South Africa Julius Malema (30), the suspended youth leader of the ruling African National Congress, was elected to a senior party post by members in his home province of Limpopo.
2012 Dec 20, Talaat Abdullah, Egypt’s top prosecutor, retracted his resignation, a decision that could cause a new uproar in the country after he was accused of pressuring a judge not to release protesters opposed to the Islamist president.