About December 19

December 19, 2022 is the 353rd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 12 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 34 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 19

  • 1154
    Henry II of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1606
    The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery depart England carrying settlers who found, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States.
  • 1776
    Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled The American Crisis.
  • 1843
    Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol goes on sale.
  • 1907
    A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.
  • 1912
    William H. Van Schaick, captain of the steamship General Slocum which caught fire and killed over 1,000 people, is pardoned by U.S. President William Howard Taft after three-and-a-half-years in Sing Sing prison.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Verdun – On the Western Front, the French Army successfully holds off the German Army and drives it back to its starting position.
  • 1920
    King Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite.
  • 1932
    BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service
  • 1941
    World War II: Adolf Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.
  • 1946
    Start of the First Indochina War.
  • 1963
    Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy, under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah.
  • 1964
    The South Vietnamese military junta of Nguyen Khanh dissolved the High National Council and arrested some of the members.
  • 1975
    John Paul Stevens is appointed a justice of The United States Supreme Court.
  • 1981
    Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • 1986
    Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife from exile in Gorky.
  • 1997
    SilkAir Flight 185 crashes into the Musi River, near Palembang in Indonesia, killing 104.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
  • 2000
    The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
  • 2001
    A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.

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