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December 19th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 19, 2009, 01:55:58 am »

Saturday, December 19th
The 353rd day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 19, 1984, Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 19, 1906, Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet statesman who was the leader of the Soviet Union for 18 years, was born. Following his death on Nov. 10, 1982, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 19, 1863, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about a Union drummer boy during the Civil War.  (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1732    Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."

1776    Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay, writing: "These are the times that try men's souls."

1777    Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.

1843    Charles Dickens' Yuletide tale, "A Christmas Carol," was first published in England.

1907    A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa., killed 239 workers.

1946    War broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.

1972    Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.

1974    Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald R. Ford, who became president when Richard M. Nixon resigned.

1986    The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.

1996    The school board of Oakland, Calif., voted to recognize Black English, also known as "ebonics."

1997    "Titanic," the highest-grossing movie of all-time, opened in American theaters.

1998    President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice. (He was later acquitted by the Senate.)

1998    Two days after his confession of marital infidelity, Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., told the House he wouldn't serve as its next speaker.

2000    The U.N. Security Council voted to impose broad sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless they closed terrorist training camps and surrendered U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.

2002    After a prosecutor cited new DNA evidence, a judge in New York threw out the convictions of five young men in a 1989 attack on a Central Park jogger who had been raped and left for dead.

2003    Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi agreed to halt his nation's drive to develop nuclear and chemical weapons.

2005    Afghanistan's first democratically elected parliament in more than three decades convened.

Current Birthdays

Cicely Tyson turns 76 years old today.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles Actress Cicely Tyson turns 76 years old today.

89    Little Jimmy Dickens
Country singer

84    Robert Sherman

75    Al Kaline
Baseball Hall of Famer

68    Maurice White
R&B musician (Earth, Wind and Fire)

66    James Jones
National security adviser

66    Elaine Joyce

65    Richard E. Leakey

65    Alvin Lee
Rock singer (Ten Years After)

65    Tim Reid
Actor ("WKRP in Cincinnati")

64    John McEuen
Country musician (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

62    Janie Fricke
Country singer

54    Rob Portman
Former White House budget director

52    Kevin McHale
Basketball Hall of Famer

49    Mike Lookinland
Actor ("The Brady Bunch")

45    Scott Cohen

45    Randall McDaniel
Football Hall of Famer

43    Robert MacNaughton

42    Criss Angel

41    Kevin Shepard
Rock musician

40    Kristy Swanson

38    Amy Locane

37    Rosa Blasi

37    Alyssa Milano
Actress ("Charmed," "Who's the Boss?")

37    Warren Sapp
Football player

35    Jake Plummer
Football player

29    Jake Gyllenhaal

29    Marla Sokoloff

24    Lady Sovereign

Historic Birthdays

Leonid Brezhnev

12/19/1906 - 11/10/1982
Russian statesman
(Go to obit.)

80    Charles-Julien Brianchon
12/19/1783 - 4/29/1864
French mathematician

55    Edwin Stanton
12/19/1814 - 12/24/1869
American Secretary of War under President Lincoln

78    A.A. Michelson
12/19/1852 - 5/9/1931
German-born American physicist

83    Barry Byrne
12/19/1883 - 12/17/1967
American architect

74    Fritz Reiner
12/19/1888 - 11/15/1963
Hungarian-born American conductor

80    Sir Ralph Richardson
12/19/1902 - 10/10/1983
English actor

92    George Davis Snell
12/19/1903 - 6/6/1996
American geneticist and Nobel Prize winner

75    Jean Genet
12/19/1910 - 4/15/1986
French novelist

47    Edith Piaf
12/19/1915 - 10/11/1963
French singer and actress

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