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This Day in History for December 19

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

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

1871 – Albert L Jones of New York City patents corrugated paper.

1918 – Robert Ripley began his “Believe It or Not” column (NY Globe)

1927 – National Football League Championship: New York Giants (11-1-1) win first title.

1933 – Electric Home & Farm Authority Inc, authorized.

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

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

1948 – 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3″)

1955 – Carl Perkins records “Blue Suede Shoes”

1958 – 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message “to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere”

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

1972 – Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth.

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.

1985 – Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

1994 – Rolls-Royce announces its future cars will feature V12 engine which will be produced by BMW.

1998 – US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Bill Clinton, forwarding the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.

2012 – UBS bank is fined $1.5 billion for its role in manipulating the Libor rate.

2016 – US electoral votes 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President over the objections of seven faithless electors.