Today in History

Events on Dec 19

1997
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.

1984
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.

1918
Ripley's "Believe It or Not" Column Begins
Robert Ripley begins his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe."

1871
Patenting of Corrugated Paper
Corrugated paper is patented.

1843
Publication of "A Christmas Carol"
Charles Dickens' classic tale, ''A Christmas Carol,'' is first published in England.