19 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Philip V Spain, 1683
  • Sir William Parry, 1790
  • Henry Clay Frick, 1849
  • Minnie Maddern Fiske, 1865
  • Fritz Reiner, 1888
  • Sir Ralph Richardson, 1902
  • Leonid Brezhnev, 1906
  • Jean Genet, 1910
  • Thomas 'Tip' O'Neill, 1912
  • Edith Piaf, 1915
  • David Susskind, 1920
  • Cecily Tyson, 1939
  • Phil Ochs, 1940
  • Robert Urich, 1940
  • Richard Leakey, 1944
  • Tim Reid, 1944
  • Jennifer Beals, 1963

Died On This Day:

  • Vitus Bering, 1741
  • Emily Brontë, 1848
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1851
  • Alois Alzheimer, 1915
  • Norman Thomas, 1968
  • Cyril Ritchard, 1977
  • Arthur Rubinstein, 1982
  • Dwight Macdonald, 1982
  • Carl Sagan, 1996
  • Marcello Mastroianni, 1996
  • John V. Lindsay, 2000
  • Hope Lange, 2003
  • Renata Tebaldi, 2004
  • Kurt Masur, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1154 - Henry II becomes King of England
  • 1241 - The term 'parliament' first used in official English royal document.
  • 1732 - Benjamin Franklin publishes his 'Poor Richard's Almanack' at Philadelphia.
  • 1776 - Thomas Paine writes 'These are the times that try men's souls'- propaganda pamphlet 'The Crisis.'
  • 1783 - William Pitt the Younger becomes youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.
  • 1842 - U.S. recognizes independence of Hawaii.
  • 1843 - Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' published by Chapman and Hall; 6,000 copies sold by the 24th.
  • 1863 - Linoleum patented by Frederick Walton in London.
  • 1871 - Samuel Clemens (MT!) gets patent for 'improvement in adjustable and detachable garment straps.'
  • 1871 - Inventor Albert L. Jones of New York receives patent on corrugated packing paper.
  • 1939 - New York premiere festivities of 'Gone with the Wind' is first to be televised.
  • 1957 - Air service between London and Moscow inaugurated.
  • 1958 - Christmas greeting from President Dwight D. Eisenhower is first message broadcast from outer space.
  • 1972 - Moon program ends as Apollo 17 splashes down in Pacific with Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.
  • 1984 - Britain and China sign agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
  • 1999 - After 442 years, Macau's colonial rule ends; Portuguese turn over government to China.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Saint Samantha (Celtic saint)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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