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December 19

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1999Actor Desmond Llewelyn, the high tech gadget expert "Q" of James Bond film fame, dies in a car crash in East Sussex, England, at age 85.
 
1998US president Bill Clinton is impeached by the House for perjury and obstruction of justice.
 
1985ABC Sports announces that sportscaster Howard Cosell will no longer be providing television commentary.
 
1985NFL kicker Jan Stenerud announces his retirement, leaving behind a record of 373 career field goals.
 
1974Nelson Rockefeller takes the oath of office as the 41st US vice president.
 
1972Apollo 17, last of the manned moon landing space program, splashes down in the Pacific.
 
1959Walter Williams, thought to be the last surviving veteran of the US Civil War, dies in Houston, Texas, at age 117.
 
1957The Broadway play The Music Man, staring Robert Preston, opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
 
1918Robert Ripley began his Believe It or Not feature in The New York Globe newspaper.
Uncle Woody sez: "If you like the weird and unusual, check out the bizarre web sites featured on my Strange But True page."

 
1917The first National Hockey League (NHL) games are played.
 
1907A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, PA, claims the lives of 239 workers.
 
1903The Williamsburg Bridge (over the East River) in New York City opens to traffic today.
 
1871Albert Jones receives a patent for corrugated paper (the structural ingredient of cardboard boxes).
 
1843Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is first published.
 


1777
  
George Washington
 US General George Washington leads his troops to their winter camp at Valley Forge,
 Pennsylvania.
 (photo credit: NARA)

 

1732  Poor Richard's Almanac, by Ben Franklin, begins publication.
 

Born today:

1972  Alyssa Milano - actress (Who's the Boss?)

1968  Kevin Shepard - drummer (Tonic)

1966  Robert MacNaughton - actor (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial)

1963  Jennifer Beals - actress (Flashdance)

1957  Kevin McHale - NBA forward (Boston Celtics)

1952  Janie Fricke - country singer

1952  Jeff Davis - bassist (Amazing Rhythm Aces)

1947  Robert Urich - actor (Vegas, Spenser: for Hire)

1944  Zal Yanovsky - guitarist (The Lovin' Spoonful)

1944  Tim Reid - actor (WKRP in Cincinnati)

1944  Alvin Lee - guitarist (Ten Years After)

1944  Richard Leakey - anthropologist

1941  Maurice White - singer, drummer (Earth, Wind & Fire)

1934  Al Kaline - baseball player

1933  Cicely Tyson - actress

1929  Howard Sackler - author (The Great White Hope)

1920  David Susskind - TV producer

Leonid Brezhnev


1906  Leonid Brezhnev - Soviet leader (1977-82)
 (photo credit: NARA)



1894  Ford Frick - baseball commissioner

1790  William Parry - arctic explorer

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Sagittarius (The Archer)   Sagittarius    

(The Archer)

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