December 19 in Pop Culture History
1732 - Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor
Richard's Almanack, in Philadelphia.
1843 - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was published.
1871 - Samuel Clemens received a patent (# 121,992) for "An
Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Garment Straps",
a type of cumberbun/belt.
1903 - The Williamsburg Bridge, was opened in New York City.
1907 - A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania,
killed 239 workers; there was one survivor, Joseph Mapleton,
in the Darr Mine Disaster.
1924 - The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. the first 'Best
Car in the World', was sold in London, England.
1930 - The first autogyro pilot to carry a passenger was
Amelia Earhart, at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA.
1932 - BBC World Service began broadcasting as the BBC Empire
1950 - Rose Marie Reid of Los Angeles, California, received
a patent (#2,535,018) for a one-piece bathing suit "embodying
a novel construction for causing it to snugly fit the body
of a wearer in a flattering manner," using elastic fabric.
1974 -The Altair 8800 microcomputer was put on sale in the
U.S. as a do-it-yourself computer kit, for $397.
1985 - Mary Lund of Minnesota became the first woman to receive
a Jarvik VII artificial heart in Minneapolis.
1986 - Platoon and Little Shop of Horrors debuted in theaters.
1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies was released in theaters.
1997 - Titanic, now the second-largest grossing film to date,
premiered in theaters.
1998 - President Bill Clinton was charged with lying under
oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton,
the second president in American history to be impeached,
vowed to finish his term. His lie was about an affair with
21 year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky.
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
debuted in theaters.
2005 - Deal Or No Deal premiered on NBC
2012 - Zero Dark Thirty, The Guilt Trip and Monsters Inc
(3D) were released in theaters.
2014 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie
were released in theaters.