Start date: Dec 20, 1989
End date: Jan 31, 1990
Tactical map of Operation Just Cause showing major points of attack.
Also on this day,
1860 | South Carolina is first state to secede from the Union
In a unanimous vote, the South Carolina legislature enacts an ordinance of secession after Abraham Lincoln is elected president, declaring that in Lincoln they detect a perceived “hostility…to the institution of slavery.” Within months, other slave-holding states will also secede, forming the Confederacy and precipitating the Civil War.1946 | Christmas classic debuts as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ premieres
Frank Capra’s film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed debuts at New York’s Globe Theatre. Though not a critical or box office hit right away, it will become a holiday classic, showing in theaters and on TV for decades to come.1957 | Elvis is drafted as Rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley receives draft notice
The 22-year-old refuses special treatment, despite thousands of fans writing letters asking for this national treasure to be spared. Presley will serve two years and reach the rank of sergeant. An Army pal will introduce him to 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he will later marry.