December 19 Events in History - December 19 Birthdays - December 19 Deaths



2013 A data breach at Target Corporation caused the security of 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target stores to be compromised
2013 In an interview with U.S. journalist Barbara Walters, Hillary Clinton claims she is 'unsure' whether she will run for President in 2016
2012 UBS becomes the second bank after Barclays, to be fined for attempting to manipulate the Libor interbank lending rate; the company is fined $1.5 billion
2012 Russian spacecraft, Soyuz TMA-07M, is launched in Kazakhstan, with cosmonauts Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield and Thomas Marshburn for the ISS Expedition 34 and 35 crews
2011 North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il, dies; Kim Jong-un is announced as his father's successor
2011 Samsung Electronics files a patent infringement claim against Apple in Germany
2010 Dubai holds the closing ceremonies for its 7th International Film Festival
2010 Hundreds of investors staged protests in Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, in response to the stock exchange's steepest daily fall
1998 House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment, charging President Clinton with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice
1997 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy
1996 "Once Upon a Matress," opens at Broadhurst New York City for 187 performances
1995 Queen Elizabeth askes Prince Charles and Diana to divorce
1993 "Red Shoes" closes at Gershwin Theater New York City after 5 performances
1993 Guinee general Lansana re-elected president
1991 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 14 performances
1991 6,000th episode of One Life To Live
1991 Boris Yeltsin takes control of Kremlin
1991 New York Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession
1989 American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route
1989 Larry Bird, of the Celtics, begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games
1988 NASA unviels plans for lunar colony and manned missions to Mars
1988 Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation
1988 Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany - 5,000 evacuated
1987 Bruins' Linseman and Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart
1987 Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champ
1986 U.S.S.R. frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile
1986 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers and accuses owners of collusion against free agency
1986 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined $500
1985 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater New York City for 4 performances
1985 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart
1985 STS-61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem
1984 China Premier Zhao Ziyang and Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty
1984 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1984 Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people
1984 Scotty Bowman becomes NHL's all time winningest coach
1984 UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1984 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th and youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points
1980 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St. Kitts
1980 Iran requests $24 billion in U.S. guarantees to free hostages
1980 Mutaual Broadcasting cancels Sears Radio Theater
1978 France performs nuclear test
1978 Indira Gandhi ambushed in India
1977 Dutch government of Van Agt/Wiegel forms
1976 Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ
1976 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, vs. India Delhi
1976 President Brezhnev receives his 5th Lenin order
1976 Piper Cherokee crashes into Baltimore Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
1975 John Paul Stevens becomes a Supreme Court Justice
1975 Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones
1974 "Man With Golden Gun" premieres in US
1974 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal
1974 Nelson A. Rockefeller sworn-in as 41st Vice President
1973 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 68 performances
1973 Grenada adopts constitution
1972 Apollo 17, last of Apollo Moon landing series, returns to Earth
1971 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 97 performances
1971 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)
1971 NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp
1971 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated "A Clockwork Orange" premieres
1969 Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
1968 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, Georgia (NBC) begins broadcasting
1965 French president De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)
1963 Zanzibar becomes independent from UK
1962 Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia and Nyasaland
1962 Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission
1962 Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched
1961 British government begins decimal coin system
1961 Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization
1960 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)
1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)
1960 Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight
1959 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0
1958 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men Everywhere")
1957 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 1375 performances
1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"
1953 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1952 Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker"
1951 Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands
1950 General Eisenhower named NATO commander
1950 Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion
1949 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Garelock Scotland
1949 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
1948 8th largest snowfall in New York City history (15.3")
1948 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
1948 Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
1946 Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860," premieres in London
1946 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
1945 Austrian Republic re-establishes
1945 Jean Giraudoux' "La Folle de Chaillot," premieres in Paris
1943 Military coup in Bolivia
1941 German submarine U-574 sinks
1941 Hitler takes complete command of German Army
1941 U.S. Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
1939 Russian air and ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa
1934 Japan agress to fleet treaty of 1922 and 1930
1933 Electric Home and Farm Authority Inc, authorized
1932 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
1931 Bradman scores 112 Australia vs. South Africa at cricket SCG
1931 Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
1930 James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP
1928 1st autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US
1924 Test Cricket debut of Bill Ponsford, who scored 110 in 1st innings
1922 Mrs Theres Vaughn, 24, confessed in court to being married 62 times
1920 1st U.S. indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass)
1919 American Meteorological Society found
1918 Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column (New York Globe)
1917 1st NHL game played on artificial ice (Toronto)
1917 Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
1916 Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo
1913 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for hw boxing title
1910 1st city ordinace requiring white and black residential areas (Balt)
1910 Rayon 1st commercially produced, Marcus Hook, Penn
1907 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Penn
1907 Gas explosion at Jacobs Creek Pa, coal mine kills 239
1904 Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905
1903 Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn and Manhattan
1891 Canadian Rugby Union forms
1890 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Beryl Coronet"
1889 Bishop Museum founded in Hawaii
1888 Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa
1887 Jake Kilrain and Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
1884 Italy recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1881 Opera "Herodiade" is produced (Brussels)
1871 Albert L Jones (New York City), patents corrugated paper
1862 Skirmish at Jackson/Salem Church, Tennessee (80 casualties)
1861 Battle of Black Water
1859 Grading started for Market Street RR
1854 Allen Wilson of Connecticut patents sewing machine to sew curving seams
1843 Charles Dickens publishes "A Christmas Carol," in England
1842 U.S. recognizes independence of Hawaii
1835 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin approaches New Zealand
1828 South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws
1823 Georgia passes 1st U.S. state birth registration law
1795 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky
1788 Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
1783 English government of Pitt, Jr. forms
1777 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for winter
1776 Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
1732 Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"
1696 Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur," premieres in Paris
1688 King James II's wife and son flee to France
1686 Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)
1562 Battle at Dreux: Anne de Montmorency and huguenots under Conde captured
1551 Dutch west coast hit by hurricane
1154 King Henry II of England crowned
1055 Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad
401 St. Anastasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope











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