Today in History, December 19th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 19th!

1154 Henry II is crowned king of England.
1562 The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.
1732 Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”Here is a video of the top 10 Benjamin Franklin quotes, 9 are from 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.
1793 French troops recapture Toulon from the British.
1843 Charles Dickens’ Yuletide tale, “A Christmas Carol,” was first published in Britain.
1862 Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins tearing up the railroads in Union generals Grant and Rosecrans rear, causing considerable delays in the movement of Union supplies.
1900 The French Parliament votes amnesty for everyone involved in the Dreyfus Affair.
1907 A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa., killed 239 workers.
1909 American socialist women denounce suffrage as a movement of the middle class.
1941 Japanese land on Hong Kong and clash with British troops.
1941 Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief of the German army.

Adolf Hitler 1941

Adolf Hitler (1941)

1942 The British advance 40 miles into Burma in a drive to oust the Japanese from the colony.
1944 During the Battle of the Bulge, American troops begin pulling back from the twin Belgian cities of Krinkelt and Rocherath in front of the advancing German Army.
1945 Congress confirms Eleanor Roosevelt as U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
1946 War broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
1950 The North Atlantic Council names General Dwight D. Eisenhower as supreme commander of Western European defense forces.
1959 Reputed to be the last civil war veteran, Walter Williams, dies at 117 in Houston.
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.
1974 Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as vice president of the United States after a House of Representatives vote.

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller

1982 Four bombs explode at South Africa’s only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.
1984 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang sign an agreement that committed Britain to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system. Hong Kong was leased by China to Great Britain in 1898 for 99 years.
1986 The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.
1997 “Titanic,” the second highest-grossing movie of all-time, opened in American theaters.
1998 President Bill Clinton is impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton was the second president in American history to be impeached.

President Bill Clinton Impeached

President Bill Clinton Impeached

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.
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.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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