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Notable Historical Events for December 19th

1941Hitler takes complete command of German Army

1971Stanley Kubrick's X-rated "A Clockwork Orange" premieres

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

1984China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang & British PM Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty

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

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

1986USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

1843"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold

1980"Raging Bull", starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released

December 19th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 19th

1915Edith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], Paris, chanteuse (Little Sparrow), (d. 1963)

1924Doug Harvey, Montreal Quebec, Canadian ice hockey player

1902Ralph Richardson, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, actor (Anna Karenina, Dr Zhivago), (d. 1983)

1980Jake Gyllenhaal, Los Angeles, California, actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead)

December 19th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 19th

1895Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts

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

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

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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