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December 19th History

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Santa Claus Names From Around The World:

Père Noël in France
St. Nicholas (Sinter Klaas) in Holland
Jultomten - Sweden
Father Christmas in England
Christkind in Germany
Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) - Russia
Santa Kurohsu - Japan
Joulupukki (Old Man Christmas) - Finland
Sion Corn - Wales
Papai Noel Peru, Brazil
Gwiazdor (Star man) - Poland

December 19th 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 Service.

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.

1957 - Broadway Show - The Music Man (Musical) December 19, 1957

1964 - #1 Hit December 19, 1964 - December 25, 1964: The Supremes - Come See About Me

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.

December 19, 2500 Birthday (fictional) River Tam, Firefly, TV

December 19th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Criss Angel (1967)
Murphy Lee (1982)
Alyssa Milano (1972)
Kristy Swanson (1969)
Jennifer Beals (1963)
Edith Piaf (1915, d.1963)
Jennifer Beals (1963)
Mike Lookinland (1960)
Jake Gyllenhaal (1980)
Maurice White (1941)
Cicely Tyson (1933)
Ralph Richardson (1902)
Paulina Gretzky (1988)
Lady Sovereign (1985)
Marla Sololoff (1980)
Kevin Devine (1979)
Paola Turbay (1979)
Irina Voronina (1977)
Rosa Blasi (1972)
Amy Locane (1971)
Tyson Beckford (1970)
Richard Hammond (1969)
Ken Marino (1968)
Jessica Steen (1965)
Beatrice Dalle (1964)
Til Schweiger (1963)
John Gulager (1957)
Rober Urich (1946, d. 2002)
Elaine Joyce (1945)
Tim Reid (1944)
Rufus (1942)

Wise Men Checklist:
Melchoir - gold
Gaspar - frankincense
Balthazar - myrrh


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