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Notable Historical Events for December 19th

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

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

1941Hitler takes complete command of German Army

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

1986USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

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

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches NZ

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

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

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

December 19th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 19th

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

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)

December 19th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 19th

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

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

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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