What Happened on December 19

Significant Events

  • 1776 Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
  • 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24
  • 1922 Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries
  • 1932 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • 1950 Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion
  • 1958 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")
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Did You Know?

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

On December 19, 1843

Famous Weddings

  • 1895 Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1912 Author Colette (39) weds "Le Matin" newspaper editor Henri de Jouvenel
  • 1919 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)
  • 1931 Propagandist Joseph Goebbels (34) weds Magda Ritschel (30) at Günther Quandt's farm in Mecklenburg, Germany
  • 1975 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (45) weds Beverly Zile

Famous Divorces

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