On This Day: December 19th

This is 353rd day of the year and 12 days remain in the year.

in history
1732
Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac.
1776
Thomas Paine published his first American Crisis essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."
1843
Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol."
1946
War broke out in Indochina when Ho Chi Minh attacked the French.
1972
Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
1984
Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
1998
President Bill Clinton impeached on two counts by the House of Representatives.
2003
Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya announced that his country would discontinue development of weapons of mass destruction.
December 19 Birthdays
Richard Leakey 1944–, Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and government official.
Alyssa Milanoactor
Jake Gyllenhaalactor
Cicely Tysonactress
Jean Genetplaywright
Sir Ralph Richardsonactor
Edith Piafcabaret singer
Doug Harveyhockey player
Leonid Brezhnevpolitical leader
Ford Fricksportswriter and radio announcer
Alberto Tombaalpine skier



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