(Friday, December 20, 1974, 8:00 p.m. EST) — Ex-Beatle George Harrison performed tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on the final stop of his 26-city, 45-show “George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” in support of his new single “Dark Horse,” the title track of his new album, and Dark Horse Records. Harrison would never tour North America again.
(Saturday, December 20, 1924) — German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler was released from prison today after the Bavarian Supreme Court issued a pardon, against the state prosecutor’s objections, having serving nine months for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch; during his time behind bars, he’d written his autobiographical screed, Mein Kampf.
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(Tuesday, December 20, 1864; during the American Civil War) — Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Georgia, today as Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman nearly completed his March to the Sea.