What Happened on December 19

Significant Events

  • 1776 Thomas Paine publishes his 1st "American Crisis" essay beginning"These are the times that try men's souls" (date disputed)
  • 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24
  • 1932 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • 1950 Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion
  • 1958 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"
  • 1984 Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China in 1997
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

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

On December 19, 1843

Would You Believe?

Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries

On December 19, 1922

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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