DECEMBER 19: The Daily Flashback

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1732: Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
1777: General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge to camp for the winter.
1843: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published in England.
1903: The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City, as the largest suspension bridge in the world.
1917: The first games of the new National Hockey League were played. Five teams made up the league: Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers.
1918: Robert Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” column first appeared in The New York Globe.
1955: Carl Perkins recorded the hit “Blue Suede Shoes.”
1957: Meredith Wilson’s Broadway musical, “The Music Man” opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. It ran for 1,375 shows.
1960: Frank Sinatra recorded his first session for his own record company, Reprise Records, recording “Ring-A-Ding-Ding” and “Let’s Fall in Love.”
1974: Ron Woods left The Faces and joined the Rolling Stones.

1976: Al Green, who had recently been ordained as a minister, opened the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Memphis,
1984: Ted Hughes was appointed England’s poet laureate.
1987: Paul Simon (the musician) and Paul Simon (the presidential candidate) co-hosted “Saturday Night Live.”
1990: The Los Angeles Raiders’ Bo Jackson became the first athlete to be chosen for All Star Games in two sports.
1997: “Titanic” opened in American movie theaters, eventually becoming the top-grossing movie of all time.

BIRTHDAYS
1910: Jean Genet
1915: Edith Piaf
1918: Professor Longhair
1920: Little Jimmy Dickens
1928: Galt MacDermot
1933: Cicely Tyson
1934: Al Kaline
1949: Phil Ochs
1941: Maurice White
1944: Zal Yanovsky
1945: John McEuen
1952: Janie Fricke
1957: Kevin McHale
1958: Limahl
1986: Subrina Dhammi

DEATHS
1993: Mike Clarke
2000: Pops Staples

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