Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: December 19

Here's What Happened On This Day in History: December 19
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ON THIS DAY


1732 – Poor Richard’s Almanack is published: On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published Poor Richard’s Almanack.

Double-page entry for December; includes poem "Advice to the Fair Sex" which advises disregard of fashion, and urges, modesty, honesty, and willingness to please.

Double-page entry for December; includes poem “Advice to the Fair Sex” which advises disregard of fashion, and urges, modesty, honesty, and willingness to please.






1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in The Pennsylvania Journal entitled “The American Crisis”.

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine






1777 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington’s Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Infantry of the Continental Army.

Infantry of the Continental Army.






1912 – William Van Schaick, captain of the steamship General Slocum which caught fire and killed over one thousand people, is pardoned by U.S. President William Howard Taft after three-and-a-half-years in Sing Sing prison.

The great catastroph of the passenger steamboat General Slocum (Angelo Agostini, O Malho, 1904).

The great catastrophe of the passenger steamboat General Slocum (Angelo Agostini, O Malho, 1904).






1917 – National Hockey League (NHL) opens its first season: On this day in 1917, four teams of the National Hockey League (NHL) play in the fledgling league’s first two games.

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1972 – Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.

Apollo 17 mission, 11 December 1972. Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander, makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during the early part of the first Apollo 17 Extravehicular Activity (EVA-1) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site.

Apollo 17 mission, 11 December 1972. Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander, makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during the early part of the first Apollo 17 Extravehicular Activity (EVA-1) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site.






1997 – Titanic sails into theaters: On this day in 1997, director James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic, the story of the real-life luxury ocean liner that struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, opens in theaters.

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1998 – President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached.

Tickets for Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial

Tickets for Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial