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DECEMBER 19

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Anguilla: Separation Day
(Commemoration of 1980 separation from St. Kitts and Nevis)
Anguilla St. Kitts and Nevis Great Britain Expedia
1813 Nelson Dewey (Connecticut-born First Governor of the State of Wisconsin) Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1817 James Archer (Maryland-born Confederate General) James Archer American Civil War
1820 Mary Ashton Livermore (Massachusetts-born advocate of Women's Rights, Women's Suffrage) Mary Ashton Livermore Women's Rights Voting Human Rights/Civil Rights
1897 Martin Luther King, Sr. (Georgia-born African-American Religious Leaders: Father of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. Religion Human Rights/Civil Rights University of Georgia
1906 Leonid Brezhnev (Ukrainian-born Soviet Political Leader) Leonid Brezhnev Soviet Union
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1154 Henry II Is Crowned King of England British History British Royalty BBC
1777 Continental Army Enters Winter Camp at Valley Forge Pennsylvania Valley Forge History Channel
1813 British Capture New York's Fort Niagara New York Great Britain Fort Niagara War of 1812 Library of Congress
1832 San Antonio Submits Grievances Seeking to Separate Texas form the Mexican State of Coahuila Mexico Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1837 Colonel Zachary Taylor Leads a Force of 1,000 Men Against the Seminoles in Southern Florida Florida Seminole Indians Zachary Taylor Florida
1842 President Tyler Recognizes the Independence of Hawaii Hawaii President Tyler Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
1844 Lincoln Attends Meeting Concerning Whig Party Future Following Formation of Republican Party Abraham Lincoln Politics Republican Party Lincoln Logs
1859 Lincoln Sends Transcripts of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates to Ohio Republicans for Publication Ohio Abraham Lincoln Politics Republican Party Lincoln Logs
1864 President Lincoln Issues Proclamation Calling for 300,000 Volunteers Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Logs
Federal Troops Destroy a Supply Depot, Bridges and Miles of Railroad Track Near Pollard, Florida Florida American Civil War Florida
Lincoln Declines Invitation to Participate in Commemoration of the Landing of the Pilgrims Abraham Lincoln Plymouth Colony Lincoln Logs
1868 Congress Investigates Threats, Intimidation, Murder of Georgia African-Americans Attempting to Vote Georgia U.S. Congress Voting Crime African-American Heritage University of Georgia
Martial Law Is Revoked on Little River and Lafayette Counties Arkansas Arkansas Law and Legal Resources Arkansas History Commission
1910 Edward White Is Sworn in As Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Louisiana Political and Social Leaders President Taft U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1915 Sir Douglas Haig Replaces Sir John French as Commander-in-Chief of British Forces British Military Leaders World War I History Channel
1941 Hitler Takes Command of the German Army Germany Adolph Hitler World War II History Channel
1950 The Dalai Lama Flees Tibet Ahead of Invasion by Chinese Forces Dalai Lama Tibet China Myriad-Westminster College
1975 John Paul Stevens Is Sworn in As Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Illinois Political and Social Leaders President Gerald Ford U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1979 Senate Approves $1.5B Bailout of Chrysler U.S. Senate Automobiles Business & Economics EconEdLink
1980 Anguilla Separates from Saint Kitts & Nevis to Form a New British Territory Anguilla St. Kitts and Nevis Great Britain Government of Anguilla
1984 British Agree to Return Hong Kong to Chinese July 1, 1997 Great Britain Hong Kong History Channel New York Times BBC
1986 Mikhail Gorbachev Releases Andrei Sakharov from Internal Exile Andrei Sakharov The Cold War History Channel
1998 House Impeaches Bill Clinton on Two Counts U.S. House of Representatives The Impeachment of President Clinton History Channel CNN
2003 Libya Announces It Will Destroy Its Arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction Libya Chemical Weapons BBC

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