On this day
William Pitt took to power
In 1783, William Pitt the Younger became the youngest ever British Prime Minister. He was only 24 at the time – meaning he really did live up to his name! There’s nothing stopping anyone from beating that record – are there any takers out there?
Constantine I became king (again)
In 1920, King Constantine I was restored as King of the Hellenes. This occurred following the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite. It wasn’t simply a case that he quit the job and wanted another shot at running things!
The BBC went worldwide
In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, began transmitting overseas. To this day, it remains one of the biggest broadcasting corporations in the world! The word "British" might suggest it's only for UK viewers, but millions of people watch its programming globally.
We got a radio broadcast from space
Speaking of radio, in 1958, we got the first-ever radio broadcast from space! US President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere”.
Hong Kong returned to China
Honoring a long-standing agreement, on this day in 1984, Zhao Zhang, then-leader of China, agreed with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration. This would give Hong Kong back to China as of 1997. However, there have been continued controversies over China’s relationship with Hong Kong in the years since.
Special Days Falling on December 19thWe know that your attention will likely be on an upcoming or current holiday. But, if you could direct a bit of your attention to some of the other incredibly important events taking place around the world today, you won’t regret it!
Goa Liberation Day
India observes this occasion every year on December 19th, and as the name suggests, it marks the release of Goa from under Portugal’s possession. Small but mighty, Goa was under Portuguese rule for around 450 years – meaning that its eventual release thanks to Indian militia intervention is well-celebrated and with good reason. It’s likely you’ll see parades and parties across the state today.
National Heroes and Heroines Day
National Heroes and Heroines Day is celebrated on December 19th every year in the island nation of Anguilla. The day encourages people to remember and appreciate all the bravery, loss, and pain of people who have helped the nation. The day also honors the 1967 Anguilla revolution. To commemorate the day, there are memorial services held, as well as parades and music performances.
Look for an Evergreen Day
December 19th is also Look for an Evergreen Day! It is a great day to think about finding a Christmas tree, or to simply look for and appreciate any evergreen in all of its beauty! If you find a good tree – treat it with kindness!