Today in History

Events on Dec 19

Opening of "Titanic" in American Cinemas
Director James Cameron's epic, ''Titanic,'' the most expensive film made at the time and the highest grossing film ever, opens in American movie theaters.

Signing of Accord Returning Hong Kong to China
Great Britain and China sign an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.

Ripley's "Believe It or Not" Column Begins
Robert Ripley begins his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe."

Patenting of Corrugated Paper
Corrugated paper is patented.

Publication of "A Christmas Carol"
Charles Dickens' classic tale, ''A Christmas Carol,'' is first published in England.