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On This Day: What happened on 19 December?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 19 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2016 | Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at an art exhibition in Ankara. The gunman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaſ, was shot and killed by Turkish guards.

2013 | On this day, The European Space Agency successfully launched a spacecraft with the most powerful digital cameras ever made.

2016 | On this day in Berlin, 12 people were reported dead, dozens of people injured in a Lorry attack at Christmas Market.

1998 | The United States Representatives after 14 hours of discussion approved two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

1997 | American-made SilkAir Flight 185 crashed into the Musi River, near Palembang in Indonesia, killing 104 people.

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1932 | BBC World Service launched broadcasting as BBC Empire Service on this day.


2003 | American movie actress, Hope Lange, 70.

1996 | Italian film actor, Marcello Mastroianni, 72.

1977 | American politician and former governor of Wyoming from 1925-1927, Nellie Tayloe Ross, 101.

2012 | The United States Solicitor General from 1973-1977, Robert Bork, 85.

1990 | British philosopher and political theorist, Michael Oakeshott, 89.

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1988 | Chilean footballer, Alexis Sánchez

1987 | French football player who plays as a striker for Real Madrid and France national team, Karim Benzema.

1980 | Film actor who appeared in “October Sky” and won a BAFTA Award, Jake Gyllenhaal.


1948 | The Cleveland Browns beat the Buffalo Bills, 49-7, and finished the season without losing any game. In an AAFC championship match. In the same year, The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Cardinals of Chicago, 7-0, in a major snowstorm for the NFL title.


1997 | The film, directed by James Cameron,”Titanic” was released on this day.


Cameroon is the first country in Africa to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup, which took place in Italy in 1990.

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