I have a full week of posts coming this week. There are celestial events, holidays and holy days, but to start the work week (unless you are already doing the holiday thing), what is there to remember about December 19? It is 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar and 12 days remain until the end of the year.
- 1732 – Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
- 1777 – General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, PA, to camp for a very difficult winter.
- 1843 – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published in England. That’s about the only holiday season thing I found, though in Eastern Christian countries using the old church Calendar, this is the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra.
- 1973 – Johnny Carson started a fake toilet-paper scare on the Tonight Show. The real one would occur with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
- 1997 – Titanic opened in American movie theaters.
- 1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives.
- 1998 – A four-day bombing of Iraq by British and American forces ended.