December 20

This Day in History

1989

U.S. Invades Panama

The United States invades Panama in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega. The American government originally favored Noriega because of his anti-communist beliefs, but U.S. policy … (more...)

1987

Asia’s "Titanic" Sinks

"In what is described as the deadliest ferry disaster in history, on this day in 1987 the Philippine-registered ferry MV Dona Paz sank after a deadly collision, killing more than 4,000 people aboard. … (more...)

1917

Bolshevik Secret Police Founded

"On this day in 1917, wasting little time after the revolution, Vladimir Lenin called for the founding of the Bolshevik’s security apparatus and the forerunner of the KGB, the Cheka. Officially titled … (more...)