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“19 December: What Happened On This Day In History?”


19 December: In a year, the 19th of December is the 353rd day as per the Gregorian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 354th day of the year.

What special day is today?

On this day, the Premiere of the James Cameron-directed super-hit movie ‘Titanic’, the original FIFA World Cup Trophy was stolen, and the launch of ‘Gaia’, a spacecraft, by European Space Agency.

Famous birthdays include Pratibha Patil, Reggie White, and Ricky Ponting.

December 19 also marks Goa Liberation Day in India.

Let’s explore what happened today.

19 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 19 December

Art & Artists

  • 1843 The publication of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the famous author from England.
  • 1997 Premiere of the James Cameron-directed super-hit movie Titanic. The Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starrer movie became the highest-grossing film of all time.

Science & Technology

  • 1932 The beginning of the broadcasting of BBC World Service (as the BBC Empire Service).
  • 1958 The first radio broadcast from outer space in which the voice of US President Eisenhower (pre-recorded tape) was transmitted.

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1929 India’s independence (the Purna Swaraj) was promulgated by the Indian National Congress.
  • 1998 The approval of the impeachment against Bill Clinton, the U.S. President.

People & Society

  • 1910 Jean Genet, a foremost actor in the avant-garde theatre was born. He was a French criminal who later became a dramatist and actor.
  • 1924Sale of the last piece of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in London, England.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1977 A powerful earthquake (5.8) hit the Iranian province of Kerman which killed 665 people and destroyed many villages.
  • 1997 SilkAir Flight 185 smashed into the Indonesian river Musi located near Palembang.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1813 The ozone was discovered by Thomas Andrews, a noted physicist from England.
  • 2013 The launch of Gaia, a spacecraft, by the European Space Agency.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1924 Bill Ponsford scored 110 (first inning) in his Test Cricket debut match.
  • 1983 The Jules Rimet Trophy, The original FIFA World Cup trophy was stolen from the Brazilian Football Confederation’s headquarters located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Birth Anniversaries (19 December)

  • 1683 – Philip V (King, Spain)
  • 1915 – Edith Piaf (French Singer)
  • 1934 – Pratibha Patil (12th President, India)
  • 1961 – Reggie White (Football player, America)
  • 1974 – Ricky Ponting (Australian Cricketer)

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Death Anniversaries (19 December)

  • 1741 – Vitus Bering (Danish Explorer)
  • 1851 – J.M.W. Turner (English Painter)
  • 1953 – Robert Millikan (American Physicist)
  • 1989 – Stella Gibbons (British Writer)
  • 1996 – Marcello Mastroianni (Italian Actor)

What Special Day is Today: (19 December)

  • Goa Liberation Day (Goa, India)
  • National Heroes and Heroines Day (Anguilla)


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