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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for December 19th

  • Year 211 » Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Ancient Rome known as Rome, is lured to come without his bodyguards to meet his brother Caracalla e.g Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Caracalla), to discuss a possible reconciliation. When he arrives, the Praetorian Guard
  • Year 324 » Licinius abdicates his position as List of Roman emperors named Roman Emperor.
  • Year 1154 » Henry II of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • Year 1490 » Anne of Brittany or Anne, Duchess of Brittany, is married to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor by proxy marriage called proxy.
  • Year 1562 » The Battle of Dreux takes place during the French Wars of Religion.
  • Year 1606 » The 'Susan Constant', the 'Godspeed (ship) Godspeed', and the 'Discovery (1602 ship) Discovery' depart England carrying settlers who found, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the Thirteen Colonies thirteen colonies that became the United States.
  • Year 1776 » Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in 'The Pennsylvania Journal' entitled "The American Crisis".
  • Year 1796 » French Revolutionary Wars: Two British frigates under Commodore Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson or Horatio Nelson and two Spanish frigates under Commodore Don Jacobo Stuart Action of 19 December 1796 named engage in battle off the coast of Murcia.
  • Year 1828 » Nullification Crisis: Vice President of the United States John C. Calhoun pens the 'South Carolina Exposition and Protest', protesting the Tariff of 1828.
  • Year 1900 » Hopetoun Blunder: The first Governor-General of Australia John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow named John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun, appoints Sir William Lyne premier of the new state of New South Wales, but he is unable to persuade other colonial polit
  • Year 1907 » 239 coal miners die in a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek (Pennsylvania) named Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.
  • Year 1912 » William Van Schaick, captain of the Steamboat e.g steamship 'PS General Slocum or General Slocum' which caught fire and killed over 1,000 people, is pardoned by U.S. President William Howard Taft after three-and-a-half-years in Sing Sing prison.
  • Year 1916 » World War I: Battle of Verdun On the Western Front (World War I) named Western Front, the French Army successfully holds off the German Army World War I 1914–1918 called German Army and drives it back to its starting position.
  • Year 1920 » Constantine I of Greece King Constantine I is restored as Kingdom of Greece King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander of Greece and a Referendum plebiscite.
  • Year 1924 » The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.
  • Year 1927 » Three Indian revolutionaries, Ram Prasad Bismil, Roshan Singh and Ashfaqulla Khan are executed by the British Empire.
  • Year 1932 » BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Adolf Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-chief of the German Army (1935–1945) or German Army.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Limpet mines placed by Italian Navy Italian divers heavily damage the HMS Valiant 1914 6 and HMS Queen Elizabeth 1913 6 in Raid on Alexandria (1941) Alexandria harbour.
  • Year 1946 » Start of the First Indochina War.
  • Year 1956 » Irish-born physician John Bodkin Adams is arrested in connection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 patients. Eventually he is convicted only of minor charges.
  • Year 1961 » India 1961 Indian annexation of Goa known as annexes Daman and Diu, part of Portuguese India.
  • Year 1964 » The Army of the Republic of Vietnam known as South Vietnamese military junta of Nguyễn Khánh December 1964 South Vietnamese coup called dissolve the High National Council and arrest some of the members.
  • Year 1967 » Harold Holt, the Prime Minister of Australia, is Declared death in absentia named officially presumed dead.
  • Year 1972 » Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.
  • Year 1974 » Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford under the provisions of the twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • Year 1975 » John Paul Stevens is appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Year 1979 » Geoffrey Boycott became the first cricketer to be stranded at 99 not out against Australia at Perth.
  • Year 1981 » Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat disaster e.g Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • Year 1983 » The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Jules Rimet Trophy known as Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Year 1984 » The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 is signed in Beijing, China by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret
  • Year 1986 » Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife from exile in Nizhny Novgorod or Gorky.
  • Year 1995 » The United States Government restores federal recognition to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indian tribe.
  • Year 1997 » SilkAir Flight 185 crashes into the Musi River (Indonesia) called Musi River, near Palembang in Indonesia, killing 104.
  • Year 1998 » President Bill Clinton is Impeachment of Bill Clinton called impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached.
  • Year 2000 » The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one person and injuring three.
  • Year 2001 » A record high Atmospheric pressure barometric pressure of 1085.6 Pascal (unit) hPa (32.06 Inch of mercury inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl, Mongolia.
  • Year 2001 » Argentine economic crisis (1999–2002) named Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots in Argentina e.g December 2001 riots Riots erupt in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Year 2010 » Sachin Tendulkar scores a record-breaking 50th Century in Test cricket against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, Gauteng.
  • Year 2010 » Rahul Dravid crosses the 12000 runs milestone in Test cricket against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, Gauteng.
  • Year 2012 » Park Geun-hye South Korean presidential election, 2012 e.g becomes the first female president of South Korea.

World History for the Month of December