December 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol by English author Charles Dickens was published?

December 19th is officially Look For An Evergreen Day as well as Hard Candy Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 353rd day of the year, with only 12 days left of this year. It’s also just 6 days away from Christmas.

December 19 has been an important day in history, and we’re here to tell you why! Check out these important events that all happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1843, A Christmas Carol by English author Charles Dickens was published? It proved popular, and the book was sold out by Christmas Eve.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 19th in history!

What Events Happened On December 19 In History?

2016 The US Electoral College voted 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President over the objections of seven faithless electors.

2016 Dozens of people died after drinking bath lotion in Siberia.

Due to ongoing economic difficulties in Russia, citizens would look for alternatives to purchasing alcohol. In this case, 48 people died after drinking bath lotion, thinking it contained alcohol. The mistake was a result of mislabeling, where the product claimed to contain drinkable ethanol.

2001 The Fellowship of the Ring, the first Lord of the Rings film, was released in theaters.

The movie made $47 million during its opening weekend and $871 million worldwide.

1998 The US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton, forwarding the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.

1981 The crew of the Union Star lost their lives along with all eight lifeboat volunteers who tried to save them.

The Union Star's engines had failed off the coast of Cornwall, UK. The ship drifted towards dangerous rocks when the Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat Solomon Browne went to their aid. Unfortunately, while attempting to rescue the crew, both the lifeboat and the ship capsized, claiming all sixteen lives.

1972 The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, returned to Earth.

OTD in 1972: The last manned lunar flight

1971 Stanley Kubrick’s X-rated film “A Clockwork Orange” premiered, which was based on the book by Anthony Burgess.

1967 Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt was presumed dead after being swept out to sea by a riptide.

Holt was driving along the Victorian coastline with four companions when he decided to stop in at one of his favorite beaches. The weather was rough, but still, he decided to go for a swim. He was suddenly caught in a riptide and pulled out of sight, never to be seen again.

1941 The US Office of Censorship was created to control info relating to World War II.

1903 The Williamsburg suspension bridge opened.

Connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Williamsburg Bridge held the record for the longest suspension bridge span for its first 21 years.

1891 The first Negro Catholic priest, Charles Uncles, was ordained in the US.

1843 A Christmas Carol by English author Charles Dickens was published.

OTD in 1843: A Christmas Carol by English author Charles Dickens was published.

This popular novella sold out by Christmas Eve, selling 6,000 copies. Since then, "A Christmas Carol" has never gone out of print.

1783 William Pitt the Younger became the youngest British Prime Minister ever at age 24.

OTD in 1783: William Pitt the Younger became the youngest British Prime Minister ever at age 24.

1606 The three ships carrying settlers who would later found Virginia, the first of the Thirteen Colonies, departed England.

Famous People Born On December 19

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Jake Gyllenhaal? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1980 Jake Gyllenhaal

American Actor

Jake Gyllenhaal
42 years old
Born In:
California, USA

2001 Russell Horning

American Instagram Star

Russell Horning
21 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA
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1988 Alexis Sánchez

Chilean Footballer

Alexis Sánchez
34 years old
Born In:
Tocopilla, Chile

1969 Richard Hammond

English Journalist

Richard Hammond
53 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1967 Criss Angel

American Magician

Criss Angel
55 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Special Holidays On December 19

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

December 19: Look For An Evergreen Day

Look For An Evergreen Day

It’s that time of year where if you haven’t found the perfect Christmas tree yet, you better start looking! Look For An Evergreen Tree Day is also about getting outside and appreciating evergreen trees, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect excuse to go pick a tree up to bring home.

December 19: National Hard Candy Day

National Hard Candy Day

In the 17th century, sugar was so expensive that only the elite could enjoy these sugary delights. Sugar is so cheap now that we’re all able to snack on hard candy, so make sure you celebrate Hard Candy Day today by indulging yourself in these sweet treats!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The first roller coaster was used to transport coal down a hill. After people found that it could reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour, tourists asked to ride on it for a few cents.

December 19 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on December 19 shares the same zodiac sign, Sagittarius.

If you’re a Sagittarian, we know you love living life to the max, but you might wish to sometimes slow things down – just a notch, of course.

People born during December have the Blue Topaz birthstone. This icy-looking gemstone offers prosperity and fortune to the wearer while also protecting them from harm.

If you were born on December 19, your estimated date of conception would be March 28 in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on December 19th, 2023, will likely be born around September 11th, 2024.

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