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Notable Historical Events for December 19th

1931Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG

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

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

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

1986USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin approaches NZ

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

1991Boris Yeltsin takes control of Kremlin

1941Hitler takes complete command of German Army

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

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)

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

1975Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

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

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

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

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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