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Notable Historical Events for December 19th

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

1986USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches NZ

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)

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

1915Edith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], Paris, chanteuse (Little Sparrow), (d. 1963)

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

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Notable Weddings on December 19th

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

1931Propagandist Joseph Goebbels (34) weds Magda Ritschel (30) at Günther Quandt's farm in Mecklenburg, Germany

1975Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

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

December 19th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 19th

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

1848Emily Jane Bronte, English novelist, dies at 30

December 19th Deaths
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