What happened this day in history December 19

What are the important events that happened on December 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 19 is the 353rd day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 12 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 6, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,382,400 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectapentacontatrigon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 53 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,015 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 19 Historical Events

  • 1154
    Henry II of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: George Washington’s Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
  • 1843
    Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol goes on sale.
  • 1912
    William H. Van Schaick, captain of the steamship 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: Adolf Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy, under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
  • 2000
    The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
  • 2001
    Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots – Riots erupt in Buenos Aires.

Who were born on December 19?

  • 1820
    Mary Livermore, American journalist and women’s rights advocate (d. 1905)
  • 1920
    David Susskind, American TV talk show host (d. 1987)
  • 1922
    Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • 1928
    Nathan Oliveira, American artist (d. 2010)
  • 1941
    Lee Myung-bak, South Korean politician
  • 1955
    Rob Portman, American politician, senator from Ohio
  • 1960
    Derrick Jensen, American author and activist
  • 1973
    Michalis Grigoriou, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1977
    Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball player
  • 1992
    Iker Muniain, Spanish/Basque footballer

Who died on December 19?

  • 1327
    Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy
  • 1749
    Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (b. 1672)
  • 1878
    Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
  • 1944
    Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)
  • 1989
    Stella Gibbons, English author (b. 1902)
  • 1997
    Masaru Ibuka, Japanese industrialist (Sony) (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Les Tremayne, English-born American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2004
    Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2008
    Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)

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