On This Day in History, December 19

Every day you get to learn something new. How about learning interesting events that made it to the books of history? We have outlined a number of historic events that occurred in different regions on December 19.

Here, take a look!

  • 1932 – British Broadcasting Corp began transmitting overseas.
  • 1933 – The authorization of Electric Home & Farm Authority Inc.
  • 1941 Adolf Hitler assumed the position of commander in chief of the German army.
  • 1950 – General Eisenhower was named the NATO commander.
  • 1950 Dalai Lama was forced to flee due to the Chinese invasion of Tibet forces.
  • 1958 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message was “America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere.”
  • 1967 – Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt was officially presumed dead.
  • 1974 – Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as Vice President of the United States.
  • 1983 – The Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy, was stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1984 – Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China.
  • 1988 – Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1989 – American Airlines purchased Eastern Airline’s Latin American route.
  • 1995 – Queen Elizabeth asked Prince Charles and Princess Diana to divorce.
  • 1997 – MTV drops video “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy.
  • 1998 – US House of Representatives vote to impeach President Bill Clinton.
  • 2004 – World’s largest indoor water park, Tropical Islands Resort, opened in Germany.
  • 2012 – Park Geun-hye won the South Korean presidential election, becoming the nation’s first female president.
  • 2016 – US electoral collage voted 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President.
  • 2018 – Drones flying over the Gatwick airport, England, caused delays and cancellations for 800 flights and 110,000 people.
  • 2019 – Australian state of New South Wales announced a 7-day state of emergency amid extreme heat.

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