On This Day In History, 19 December


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World Events Today

  • William Pitt the Younger became the youngest Prime Minister of Great Britain today in 1783, he was only 24 years old
  • The first radio broadcast from space was made today in 1958, it was a Christmas message from the President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower
  • Apollo 17, the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program, returned to Earth today in 1972

Entertainment Events Today

  • According to the best-selling novel by Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe left his island today in 1686, he had been there 28 years
  • The Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol”, was published today in 1843
  • The romantic movie Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was released in the US today in 1997

Family Events Today

  • The English novelist, Emily Brontë, who wrote Wuthering Heights. died today in 1848, she was just 30 years old
  • The Irish radio and television presenter, Eamonn Andrews, most famous for “This Is Your Life”, was born today in 1922 in Dublin
  • Ricky Ponting, the captain of the Australian national team during its “golden era” between 2004 and 2011, was born today in 1974 in Launceston

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Hard Candy Day

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