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December 20
In 1941, Japanese troops land at Davao.
In 1943, American troops land at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, and seize a beachhead on the Arawe peninsula.
In 1987, more than 3,000 people died in a double explosion which occurred when the Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island.
In 1989, the United States launched Operation Just Cause, sending troops into Panama to topple the government of General Manuel Noriega.
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