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1998Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches NZ

1984Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

1971Stanley Kubrick's X-rated "A Clockwork Orange" premieres

1960Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

1686Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Daniel Defoe)

1989Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

1991Boris Yeltsin takes control of Kremlin

1984China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang & British PM Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty

1984Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

1946War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

1986USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

1776Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"

1980"Raging Bull", starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released

1732Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"

1941Hitler takes complete command of German Army

1843"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold

1931Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG

December 19th Historical Events
Date Event
324
Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor. 
401
St Anastasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
1055
Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad 
1154
King Henry II of England crowned 
1551
Dutch west coast hit by hurricane 
1562
Battle at Dreux: Anne de Montmorency & huguenots under Condé captured 
1642
4 of Tasman's crew are killed at Wharewharangi (Murderers) Bay by Māori; Tasman's ships depart without landing 
1686
Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Daniel Defoe) 
1688
King James II's wife & son flee to France 
1696
Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris 
1732
Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack" 
1776
Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls" 
1777
Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter 
1783
British government of William Pitt the Younger forms 
1788
Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam 
1795
1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky 
1823
Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US 
1828
South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws 
1835
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches NZ 
1842
US recognizes independence of Hawaii 
1843
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold 
1854
Allen Wilson of Conn patents sewing machine to sew curving seams 
1859
Grading started for Market Street RR 
1861
Battle of Black Water (American Civil War) 
1862
Skirmish at Jackson/Salem Church, Tenn (80 casualties) 
1871
Albert L Jones (NYC), patents corrugated paper 
1881
Opera "Hérodiade" is produced (Brussels) 
1884
Italy recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State 
1887
Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw 
1888
Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa 
1889
Bishop Museum founded in Hawaii 
1890
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Beryl Coronet" (BG) 
1891
1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore 
1891
Canadian Rugby Union forms 
1894
Cricket day 5 1T Aus v Eng Eng 437 all out, Aus need 177 are 2-113 
1900
Kitchener offers protections to all Boers who will surrender and asks the Dutch community of Pretoria to convey this offer, but leaders in the field refuse to surrender; although organised military operations are largely over, the guerrilla war continues 
1903
Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan 
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 
1907
239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania 
1910
1st US city ordinance requiring white & black residential areas (Balt) 
1910
Rayon 1st commercially produced, Marcus Hook, Penn 
1913
Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for heavyweight boxing title 
1916
Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo 
1917
1st NHL game played on artificial ice (Toronto) 
1917
Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game 
1918
Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column (NY Globe) 
1919
American Meteorological Society found 
1920
1st US indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass) 
1920
King Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite. 
1922
Theresa Vaughn, 24, confessed in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countris 
1924
Test Cricket debut of Bill Ponsford, who scored 110 in 1st innings 
1924
The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England. 
1928
1st autogyro flight in US 
1930
James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP 
1931
Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG 
1931
Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia 
1932
British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas 
1933
Electric Home & Farm Authority Inc, authorized 
1934
Japan agrees to naval treaty of 1922 & 1930 
1939
Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa 
1941
German submarine U-574 sinks 
1941
Hitler takes complete command of German Army 
1941
US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II 
1943
Military coup in Bolivia 
1945
Austrian Republic re-establishes 
1945
Jean Giraudoux' "La Folle de Chaillot" premieres in Paris 
1946
Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London 
1946
War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi 
1948
2nd political action of Java/Sumatra 
1948
8th largest snowfall in NYC 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 
1949
Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Gareloch, Scotland 
1949
WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1950
Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander 
1950
Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion 
1951
Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands 
1952
Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker" 
1953
KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1955
Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" 
1957
"Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances 
1958
1st radio broadcast from space (Pres Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere") 
1959
1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0 
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 
1961
Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization 
1962
Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia & Nyasaland 
1962
Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission 
1962
Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched 
1965
French president De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%) 
1967
Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead. 
1968
WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1969
Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released 
1971
"Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC 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 
1972
Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth 
1973
"Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances 
1973
Grenada adopts constitution 
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 VP 
1975
John Paul Stevens becomes a US Supreme Court Justice 
1975
Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones 
1975
The Red Hand Commandos, a very secretive Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, explode a no-warning car bomb in Dundalk, killing 2 civilians and wounding 20 
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, v India Delhi 
1976
Pres Leonid Brezhnev receives his 5th Order of Lenin 
1976
Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt 
1976
65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1) 
1977
Dutch government of Van Agt/Wiegel forms 
1978
France performs nuclear test 
1978
Indira Gandhi ambushed in India 
1980
Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts 
1980
Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages 
1980
Mutual Broadcasting cancels Sears Radio Theater 
1980
"Raging Bull", starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released 
1981
Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee, Cornwall, lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas. 
1983
The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro. 
1984
China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang & British PM 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
UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 
1984
Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points 
1984
Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history 
1985
"Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 perfs 
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 
1986
USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile 
1986
Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & 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 hrs of community service & fined $500 
1986
OPEC reaches an accord that would cut production by 7 percent for the first six months of 1987 and would raise prices immediately toward a target world oil price of $18 per barrel 
1987
Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart 
1987
Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champ 
1988
NASA unviels plans for lunar colony & 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 
1989
American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route 
1989
Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games 
1991
"Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 perfs 
1991
6,000th episode of One Life To Live 
1991
Boris Yeltsin takes control of Kremlin 
1991
NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession 
1993
"Red Shoes" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1994
Rolls-Royce announces its future cars will feature V12 engine which will be produced by BMW. 
1996
"Once Upon a Matress" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances 
1997
MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy 
1998
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate. 
2000
The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three. 
2001
A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia. 
2001
Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots - Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo's corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits. 
2007
The Lakotah people, a Native American tribe, proclaim independence and withdraw all their treaties with the United States. They then proceed to establish the Republic of Lakotah, with an ongoing process of international recognition as a separate country. 
2010
"Miracle at the New Meadowlands", trailing the New York Giants by 21 points with under eight minutes to play in the 4th quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles score four unanswered touchdowns in the final seven minutes and 28 seconds of play, including the final score, a dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson as time expires 
2012
UBS bank is fined $1.5 billion for its role in manipulating the Libor rate 
2012
Park Geun-hye wins the South Korean presidential election to become the nation's first female president 
2013
81 people are injured after part of the ceiling caved in at London's Apollo Theatre 
2015
Turkey to withdraw troops from Iraq 
2016
Australia's Projected Annual Deficits Worsen by $7.5 Billion 
2016
Raiders edge Chargers to clinch first playoff berth since 2002 
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