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On This Day in History - December 20, 2013

On this day in America in 1860, South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, marking the beginning of the United States civil war. Also, on this day in American history in 1989, Operation Just Cause began as over 28,000 U.S. troops under the command of President Ronaldus Magnus protected American interests by invading the nation of Panama and deposing ruthless Dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno. Lastly, on this day in America in 1957, 22 year old Elvis Presley was drafted in the U.S. military, despite protests from around the country that he was a national treasure.

On this day in Canada in 1919, Marxism was at its finest as the Canadian government established Canadian National Railways (CNR), in order to unite and rescue five near-bankrupt railroads: the Grand Trunk, Grand Trunk Pacific, Canadian Northern, Intercolonial, and Canadian Government Railways [National Transcontinental]. With the resulting CNR system becoming the longest in North America at the time, with over 50,000 kilometers of track in the U.S. and Canada. Also, on this day in Canada in 1991, the NHL re-established the Ottawa Senators and established the Tampa Bay Lightning franchises during the second to last expansion of the league in the 20th century. 

"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
                                                                                                                      - Marcus Garvey
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