Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (More info)

1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (More info)

1946 – The classic holiday film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ premieres in New York City (More info)

1957 – At the height of his popularity, Elvis Presley is drafted by the US Army (More info)

1989 – The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow the government of Manuel Noriega, marking the first combat use of purpose-designed stealth aircraft (More info)