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DECEMBER 19

1790 William Edward Parry (English Arctic Explorer) English Explorers The Arctic
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1620 Landing Party from The Mayflower Returns Ashore Seeking Site for Settlement Plymouth Colony MayflowerHistory.com (pdf)
1843 Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Is First Published in England Charles Dickens Authors Christmas Historic Firsts New York Times
1852 California's First Magazine, The Golden Era, Is Published in San Francisco San Francisco Media Journalism Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1917 National Hockey League (NHL) Plays Its First Games Ice Hockey National Hockey League Historic Firsts The Canadian Encyclopedia
1918 Robert Ripley's Believe It or Not Is First Published as "Camps and Chumps" Journalism Ripley's Historic Firsts Toonpedia
1920 A Carnation Holstein Cow Breaks World's Record Producing 37,361 Pounds of Milk in a Year Washington Cows Foods & Nutrition Carnation Historic Firsts History Link
1930 The Boston Symphony Performs the American Premiere of Igor Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" to Celebrate the Symphony's 50th Anniversary Igor Stravinsky Boston Symphony Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1932 The BBC Initiates Its Shortwave Service British History Radio Historic Firsts BBC
1957 British Airways Initiates Its First London - New York Scheduled Passenger Service Great Britain New York City Aviation History Historic Firsts British Airways
In Minneapolis, L. Howard Bennett Is the First African American Judge Appointed in Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts African-American Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Historical Society
1960 Unmanned U.S. Mercury-Redstone Rocket Achieves Weightlessness for 5m 30s Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1971 NASA Launches Intelsat-4 Communications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1972 Apollo 17 Returns to Earth Ending NASA's Lunar Landing Missions Space Exploration The Moon NASA History Channel
1999 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-103) on 8-day Hubble Service Mission Space Shuttle Hubble Telescope NASA

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