Today in History: December 19

Today in History: December 19

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1154

Henry II is crowned king of England.

1562

The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.

1793

French troops recapture Toulon from the British.

1862

Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins tearing up the railroads in Union generals Grant and Rosecrans rear, causing considerable delays in the movement of Union supplies.

1900

The French Parliament votes amnesty for everyone involved in the Dreyfus Affair.

1909

American socialist women denounce suffrage as a movement of the middle class.

1941

Japanese land on Hong Kong and clash with British troops.

1941

Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief of the German army.

1942

The British advance 40 miles into Burma in a drive to oust the Japanese from the colony.

1944

During the Battle of the Bulge, American troops begin pulling back from the twin Belgian cities of Krinkelt and Rocherath in front of the advancing German Army.

1945

Congress confirms Eleanor Roosevelt as U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

1950

The North Atlantic Council names General Dwight D. Eisenhower as supreme commander of Western European defense forces.

1959

Reputed to be the last civil war veteran, Walter Williams, dies at 117 in Houston.

1974

Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as vice president of the United states after a House of Representatives vote.

1982

Four bombs explode at South Africa's only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.

1984

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang sign an agreement that committed Britain to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system. Hong Kong was leased by China to Great Britain in 1898 for 99 years.

1998

President Bill Clinton is impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton was the second president in American history to be impeached.

2001

The highest barometric pressure ever recorded (1085.6 hPa, 32.06 inHg) occurs at Tosontsengel, Khovsgol, Mongolia.

2001

Rioting begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the country's economic crisis.

2012

Park Geun-hye elected President of South Korea, the nation's first female chief executive.