December 19 in Pop Culture History
1732 – Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac, in Philadelphia.
1843 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published.
1871 – Samuel Clemens received a patent (# 121,992) for “An Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Garment Straps”, a type of cumberbun/belt.
1903 – The Williamsburg Bridge, was opened in New York City.
1907 – A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania, killed 239 workers; there was one survivor, Joseph Mapleton, in the Darr Mine Disaster.
1924 – The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. the first ‘Best Car in the World’, was sold in London, England.
1930 – The first autogyro pilot to carry a passenger was Amelia Earhart, at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA.
1932 – BBC World Service began broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
1950 – Rose Marie Reid of Los Angeles, California, received a patent (#2,535,018) for a one-piece bathing suit “embodying a novel construction for causing it to snugly fit the body of a wearer in a flattering manner,” using elastic fabric.
1957 – The Music Man (Broadway Musical) Opened on December 19, 1957 and Closed: April 15, 1961
1964 – #1 Hit December 19, 1964 – December 25, 1964: The Supremes – Come See About Me
1974 -The Altair 8800 microcomputer was put on sale in the U.S. as a do-it-yourself computer kit, for $397.
1985 – Mary Lund of Minnesota became the first woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart in Minneapolis.
1986 – Platoon and Little Shop of Horrors debuted in theaters.
1997 – Tomorrow Never Dies was released in theaters.
1997 – Titanic, now the second-largest grossing film to date, premiered in theaters.
1998 – President Bill Clinton was charged with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term. His lie was about an affair with 21 year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky.
2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring debuted in theaters.
2005 – Deal Or No Deal premiered on NBC
2012 – Zero Dark Thirty, The Guilt Trip and Monsters Inc (3D) were released in theaters.
2014 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie were released in theaters.