Today in History - December 19th

  • 1732 - On this day in history, Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac." 
  • 1776 - Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay. 
  • 1777 - Today in history, General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, PA, to camp for the winter. 
  • 1842 - Hawaii's independence was recognized by the United States.
  • 1843 - On this day in history, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in England. 
  • 1903 - The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It opened as the largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924.
  • 1918 - Today in history, Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe". 
  • 1989 - US troops invaded Panama to overthrow the regime of General Noriega. 
  • 1996 - On this day in history, the school board of Oakland, California, voted to recognize Black English, also known as "ebonics." The board later reversed its stance. 
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton was impeached on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. 
  • 2003 - Today in history, images for the new design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site were released. The building sloped into a spire that reached 1,776 feet. 
  • 2008 - President George W. Bush signed a $17.4 billion rescue package of loans for ailing auto makers General Motors and Chrysler.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, December 19th

  • 1871 - Today in history, corrugated paper was patented by Albert L. Jones. 

SPORTS - Today in History, December 19th

  • 1979 - ESPN televised its first NHL game. The teams were the Washington Capitals and the Hartford Whales. 
  • 1985 - On this day in history, ABC Sports announced that it was severing ties with Howard Cosell and released him from all TV commitments.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, December 19th

  • 1960 - Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his very own record company, Reprise Records. Frank did "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" and "Let's Fall in Love." 
  • 1974 - Today in history, Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.
  • 2001 - Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would keep artists who appeared first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards. 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - December 19th

  • Edith Piaf 1915 
  • David Susskind 1920 
  • Cicely Tyson 1933 
  • Jennifer Beals 1963
  • Alyssa Milano 1972