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19th December


1154 Henry II became King of England.

1851 The renowned landscape painter, Joseph Turner, died in Chelsea, London.

1863 Linoleum was patented by Frederick Walton of London.

1906 * Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Soviet President from 1960-1983.

1915 * Edith Piaf, legendary French singer.

1922 * Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born British broadcaster.

1923 * Robert Urich, US television actor.

1946 War broke out in Indochina when Ho Chi Minh attacked the French.

1955 Carl Perkins recorded the song 'Blue Suede Shoes' in Memphis, Tennessee.

1957 The inauguration of an air service between London and Moscow.

1972 Ugandan leader General Idi Amin gave British workers an ultimatum to accept reduced pay or be expelled.

1972 The Apollo program ended when Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific.

1984 Britain and China signed an agreement returning Hong Kong to Chinese control.

1991 Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was deposed and replaced by Paul Keating.

1997 Conservative party leader William Hague married his fiancée Ffion Jenkins at ceremony in Westminster.

1998 The US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

2003 Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya announced that his country would discontinue development of weapons of mass destruction.

2009 My (Webmaster) Golden Wedding Anniversary.


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