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Friday, December 19

2001A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.
2001Argentine economic crisis: [[Argentine economic crisis (1999-2002)|Argentine economic crisis]]: [[Argentine economic crisis (1999-2002)|Argentine economic crisis]]: [[December 2001 riots (Argentina)|December 2001 riots
2000The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
1998Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
1997SilkAir Flight 185 crashes into the Musi River, near Palembang in Indonesia, killing 104.
1995The United States Government restores federal recognition to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indian tribe.
1986Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife from internal exile in Gorky.
1984The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 is signed in Beijing by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher.
1983The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
1981Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
 
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