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|December 20th, 2069||Event||Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of emperor.|
|December 20th, 2007||Event||Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.|
|December 20th, 2007||Event||The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Cafe, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.|
|December 20th, 2006||Event||A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.|
|December 20th, 2005||Event||2005 New York City transit strike: New York City s Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.|
|December 20th, 2005||Event||US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.|
|December 20th, 2005||Event||The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated.|
|December 20th, 2002||Event||US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.|
|December 20th, 2001||Event||Argentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rua is forced out of office.|
|December 20th, 1999||Event||Macau is handed over to the People s Republic of China by Portugal.|
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