This was 354th day of the year and 12 days remained in the year.

December 19 Birthdays

Richard Leakey
1944–, Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and government official.

Ford Frick
sportswriter and radio announcer (1894)

Sir Ralph Richardson
actor (1902)

Leonid Brezhnev
political leader (1906)

Jean Genet
playwright (1910)

Edith Piaf
cabaret singer (1915)

Doug Harvey
hockey player (1924)

Cicely Tyson
actress (1933)

Alberto Tomba
alpine skier (1966)

Alyssa Milano
actor (1972)

Jake Gyllenhaal
actor (1980)

December 19 in History


Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac.


Thomas Paine published his first American Crisis essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."


Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol."


War broke out in Indochina when Ho Chi Minh attacked the French.


Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.


Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.


President Bill Clinton impeached on two counts by the House of Representatives.


Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya announced that his country would discontinue development of weapons of mass destruction.

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