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Notable Historical Events for December 19th

1986USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

1991Boris Yeltsin takes control of Kremlin

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches NZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 19th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 19th

1961Reggie White, Chattanooga Tennessee, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31)

1902Ralph Richardson, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, actor (Anna Karenina, Dr Zhivago), (d. 1983)

1924Doug Harvey, Montreal Quebec, Canadian ice hockey player

1980Jake Gyllenhaal, Los Angeles, California, actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead)

December 19th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 19th

1987Retired baseball catcher Johnny Bench (40) weds Laura Cwikowski

1912Author Colette (39) weds "Le Matin" newspaper editor Henri de Jouvenel

1895Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts

1975Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

December 19th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 19th

1848Emily Jane Bronte, English novelist, dies at 30

1953Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

December 19th Deaths
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