• 1776 Thomas Paine publishes his 1st “American Crisis” essay beginning”These are the times that try men’s souls” (date disputed)
  • 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24
  • 1932 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • 1950 Tibet’s Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion
  • 1958 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message “to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere”
  • 1984 Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China in 1997


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