December 19: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 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.
- 1843 - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol goes on sale.
- 1932 - BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service
- 1972 - Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight,Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans andHarrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.
- 1975 - John Paul Stevens is appointed a justice of theSupreme Court of the United States.
- Famous Birthdays: William Bowyer (English printer), John Winthrop (American astronomer and educator), Albert Abraham Michelson (Prussian-American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), édith Piaf (French singer-songwriter and actress), Carter G. Woodson (American historian and author, founded Black History Month)
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