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Today in history : 19 December 2021

Important events of 19 December

  • ️1154 – King Henry II became the Emperor of England.
  • ️1821 – South Orkney Island was discovered by George Powell and Nathaniel Palmer.
  • ️1823 – Georgia enforces the first US state birth registration law in the United States.
  • ️1842 – America recognized Hawaii as a province.
  • ️1889 – Bishop Museum established in Hawaii.
  • ️1907 – 239 workers died in an explosion in a coal mine located at Jacobs Creek in the US state of Pennsylvania.
  • ️1919 – Meteorological Society was established in America.
  • ️1927 – Uttar Pradesh Automobile Association was established.
  • ️1927 – Great freedom fighters Ram Prasad Bismila, Ashfaq Ulla Khan and Roshan Singh were hanged by the British.
  • ️1931 – Joseph A. Lyons becomes Prime Minister of Australia.
  • ️1932 – BBC starts its international services in Australia.
  • ️1941 – German dictator Adolf Hitler took full command of the army.
  • ️1945 – The Institute was shifted to Kenilworth Bungalow on Pedder Marg in Mumbai. It was inaugurated by Sir John Colville, the then Governor of Mumbai.
  • ️1950 – Jane Eisenhower becomes commander of the North Atlantic Coalition.
  • ️1958 – Sukumar Sen – Chief Election Commissioner / Chief Election Commissioner of the Republic of India.
  • ️1961 – Goa became independent. Goa got freedom from Portuguese slavery. Indian troops entered the border of Goa under Operation Vijay.
  • ️1966 – Asian Development Bank was started.
  • ️1983 – The FIFA World Cup of football is stolen from the Brazilian city of ‘Rio de Janeiro’.
  • ️1984 – Agreement signed between China and Britain to return Hong Kong to China by 1997.
  • ️1989 – Workers strike in Romanian cities to protest the communist regime.
  • ️1991 – Bob Hawke was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia by Paul Keating.
  • ️1998 – Amartya Sen was awarded honorary citizenship by Bangladesh.
  • ️1998 – Sheel Kumar (India) was declared the best player in the World Disabled Skiing held in Denver (USA).
  • ️1999 – Transfer of Macau to China after 443 years in Portuguese colony.
  • ️2000 – Australia beat West Indies to win 13th consecutive test match.
  • ️2003 – The United States welcomes Pakistan to drop its demand to resolve the Kashmir problem under UN resolutions.
  • ️2003 – Libya announces the abolition of chemical weapons.
  • ️2005 – After three decades, the first meeting of the country’s first democratically elected parliament was held in Afghanistan.
  • ️2006 – Nepal appointed Shailja Acharya as its new ambassador to India.
  • ️2007 – Time magazine awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin the title of ‘Person of the Year’.
  • ️2008 – Canara Bank, HDFC and Bank of Rajasthan announced to make housing loans cheaper.
  • ️2012 – Park Geun-hye becomes the first female President of South Korea.
  • ️2016 – The death toll in a “probable terrorist attack” at a Christmas market in the German capital Berlin rises to 12.
  • ️2019 – India and the US signed an industrial security agreement for the transfer of defense technology.
  • ️2019 – A seven-day state of emergency was declared in view of the fierce fire in the forests of Australia.
  • ️2019 – India has launched Pinak guided rocket system and surface-to-air QR-SAM. The missile was successfully test-fired.
  • ️2020 – Around 12 people killed and 6 others injured in a road accident in Bangladesh.
  • ️2020 – Indian boxer Amit Panghal won the gold medal in the 52 kg weight category final of the ongoing Boxing World Cup in Cologne, Germany.
  • ️2020 – Russia simultaneously installed 36 satellites in space.
  • ️2020 – Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at ASSOCHAM Foundation Week 2020 through video conferencing.

Person born on December 19

  • ️1899 – American leader for human rights ‘Martin Luther King Sr.’ was born in Stockbridge, Georgia, USA, USA.
  • ️1919 – Om Prakash – was a very famous character actor of Indian film cinema.
  • ️1934 – Pratibha Devi Singh Patil – The first woman President of India, belongs to the Indian National Congress party.
  • ️1969 – Nayan Mungya – An Indian former cricketer.
  • ️1974 – Ricky Ponting aka Punter – was a great cricketer and successful former captain of Australia.
  • ️1984 – Ankita Lokhande – Indian television actress. Since 2009, she is playing the lead character Archana in the serial “Pavitra Rishta”.

Died on 19 December

  • ️1860 – Lord Dalhousie – was the Governor General of the British Raj in India and his way of running his administration was inspired by imperialism. During his period the work of expansion of the state was at its peak.
  • ️1927 – Ram Prasad Bismil – Not only a great freedom fighter, but also a poet, poet, translator, multilingualist and litterateur of a high order.
  • ️1927 – Ashfaq Ulla Khan – was a freedom fighter of the famous freedom movement of India.
  • ️1927 – Thakur Roshan Singh – was one of the revolutionaries who fought for the independence of India.
  • ️1988 – Umashankar Joshi – Awarded Gyanpith Award and was a famous Gujarati litterateur.
  • ️2002 – Babubhai Jashbhai Patel – Former Chief Minister of Gujarat in India and Indian politician.
  • ️2016 – Anupam Mishra – was a well-known writer, editor, cinematographer and Gandhian environmentalist from India.
  • ️2020 – Madhav Govind Vaidya, senior ideologue and first spokesperson of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), passed away at the age of 97 in Nagpur.

Important Occasions and Celebrations of 19th December

  • Goa Liberation Day.
  • National Hard Candy Day.
  • National Oatmeal Muffin Day.
  • Ashfaq Ullah Khan Sacrifice Day.
  • Thakur Shree Roshan Singh Sacrifice Day.
  • Shari Ramprasad Bismil Sacrifice Day.
  • Om Shari Annapurna Jayanti (Margashirsha Purnima).
  • Shari Babubhai Jashbhai Patel Memorial Day.
  • Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil Birthday.


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