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Grand River, Ontario

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Art on the Veendam, Alaska

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Sulphur Mountain, Alberta

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Today (or Any Day) in History

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December 19

Today in History

1777: Continental Army enters winter camp at Valley Forge

1843: Charles Dickens publishes "A Christmas Carol," in England

1891: Canadian Rugby Union forms

1950: Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander

1958: 1st radio broadcast from space (Pres Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")

1972: Last lunar-landing mission ends

1980: Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages

1984: Britain to return Hong Kong (on July 1, 1997)

1991: Gorbachev, president of defunct USSR, resigns.

1998: President Clinton impeached

Notable Births

1888: Fritz Reiner (musician, conductor: The Mysterious Mountain)

1894: Ford Frick (baseball: Commissioner of Baseball)

1915: Edith Piaf (Gassion) (French cabaret singer, actress)

1920: David Susskind (TV producer)

1924: Doug Harvey (hockey)

1925: 'Little' Jimmy Dickens (Country Music Hall of Famer; Country Boy, My Heart's Bouquet, May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose)

1928: Galt MacDermot (composer)

1929: Howard Sackler (playwright)

1934: Al Kaline (baseball: Detroit Tigers)

1939: Cicely Tyson (actress: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, Fried Green Tomatoes, Heat Wave, Sounder)

1940: Phil Ochs (folk singer, songwriter: There But for Fortune, Doesn't Lenny Live Here Anymore?, Here's to the State of Richard Nixon)

1941: Maurice White (singer, musician: drummer; founder of group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Best of My Love)

1944: Alvin Lee (musician: group: Ten Years After: A Space in Time)

1944: Tim Reid (actor: WKRP in Cincinnati, Frank's Place)

1946: Robert Urich (actor: Magnum Force, Vegas, Spencer: for Hire)

1952: Jeff Davis (musician: bass: group: Amazing Rhythm Aces: Third Rate Romance)

1952: Janie Fricke (singer: CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, [1982 and 1983]; It Ain't Easy)

1960: Mike Lookinland, Mt Pleasant Utah, actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch)

1972: Alyssa Milano (actress: television: Who's the Boss, Melrose Place)

Notable Deaths

1741: Explorer Vitus Bering dies of scurvy

1957: John W. Van Druten, US stage/screenwriter (I Remember Mama), dies at 56

2003: Les Tremayne, he had a long career in radio, appearing in thousands of shows in the 1930s and 1940s, he played Mentor in the TV series "Shazam!" and appeared in "War of the Worlds" and other movies. Heart failure. Born: April 16, 1913

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