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This Day in History–December 19

This Day In History

1732 – Benjamin Franklin, under the name of Richard Saunders , begins publication of  “Poor Richard’s Almanac”

1776 – Thomas Paine, published his 1st “American Crisis” essay, in which he wrote, These are the times that try men’s souls.”

1795 – 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky.

1823 – Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US.

1828 – South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws.

1843 – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold.

1887 – Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 rounds bare knuckle draw.

1907 – 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.

1924 – The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.

1941 – US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WWII.

1942 – Robert Stroud “Birdman of Alcatraz” is transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

1955 – Carl Perkins records “Blue Suede Shoes”

1971 – CBS airs “Homecoming A Christmas Story,” (introducing the Waltons)

1979 – “Kramer vs Kramer” directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

1984 – Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points.

1986 – OPEC reaches an accord that would cut production by 7 percent for the first six months of 1987 and would raise prices immediately toward a target world oil price of $18 per barrel.

1996 – “Once Upon a Mattress” opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

2001 – “The Fellowship of the Ring”, 1st Lord of the Rings film is released.  Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.

2014 – The Guardian newspaper calls 2014 ‘The year the people stood up’

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