Today in history – December 20, 2019

1606 – The Virginia Company loads three ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

1803 – The United States formally took over territory acquired from France in the Louisiana Purchase.

1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.

1946 – The film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.

1971 – Doctors without Borders is founded in Paris, France.

1989 – The United States invaded Panama to oust Manuel Noriega and install the duly elected civilian government.