On this day in history 19 December
1986: USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile.
1989: Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games.
1991: Boris Yeltsin takes control of the Kremlin.
1996: Revival of Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer's musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress", starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
1998: US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Bill Clinton.The Corrs: - 'So Young' -Memorable lyric: "We are chasin' the moon / Just runnin' wild and free.
2000: Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe .
2001: "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released.
2008: Chanda Kochhar is named as the successor of K. V. Kamath to the post of CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank.
2012: Park Geun-hye wins the South Korean presidential election to become the nation’s first female president.
2016: US electoral collage votes 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President over the objections of seven faithless electors.