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Calendar for December 19th, 2013


  • 1686: Fictional Robinson Crusoe left island after 28 years. Daniel Defoe's story is based on an actual person, Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, who was found on an island where he had been stranded for 52 months. (He was rescued on Feb. 1, 1709)

  • 1840s

  • Died 1848: Emily Brontë (writer)

  • 1870s

  • 1871: Mark Twain received a patent for suspenders

  • 1880s

  • Born 1885: Joe "King" Oliver (jazz musician)

  • Born 1888: Fritz Reiner (conductor)

  • 1910s

  • 1917: The National Hockey League began its first professional season with four teams

  • 1918: Robert Ripley's column, "Believe It or Not!," first appeared in The New York Globe

  • 1930s

  • Born 1933: Cicely Tyson (actress)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1944: Tim Reid (actor)

  • 1950s

  • 1958: The first known radio broadcast from outer space was transmitted when President Eisenhower's recorded voice issued a holiday greeting for the whole world from the Atlas satellite which was launched the previous day

  • Died 1959: Walter Williams (age 117: last known Civil War vet)

  • 1960s

  • 1961: New transatlantic submarine cable, CANTAT-1, between Britain and Canada (first link in a proposed around-the-world Commonwealth system) is inaugurated by a telephone conversation between Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Diefenbaker of Canada

  • Born 1963: Jennifer Beals (actress)

  • Born 1967: Criss Angel (illusionist)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1972: Alyssa Milano (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1980: Jake Gyllenhaal (actor)

  • Born 1980: Marla Sokoloff (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: Hope Lange (actress)

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