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On This Day in History - 19th December


1790William Edward Parry, British Arctic explorer
1902Sir Ralph Richardson, English Stage and screen actor
1906Leonid Brezhnev, Former President & General secretary of the Soviet Union
1915Edith Piaf, French singer
1922Eamonn Andrews, Irish born TV presenter and broadcaster
1923Gordon Jackson, Stage & screen actor; TV's 'Upstairs, Downstairs'
1942Sid Little, Comedian with Eddie Large; 'Little and Large'
1944Alvin Lee, Of the Pop group 'Ten Years After'


1154Henry II became King of England
1848Emily Bronte, the novelist, died from tuberculosis aged 30
1851The renowned landscape painter, Joseph Turner, died in a lodging house in Chelsea, London
1957An air service between London and Moscow was inaugurated
1974Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as American Vice-President
1984Ted Hughes was appointed as Poet Laureate
1987In Seville, Spain, Gary Kasparov retained his title as world chess champion, by beating Anatoly Karpov
1991In Australia, Bob Hawke was deposed as Prime Minister by his colleagues, and replaced by Paul Keating