On this day: December 19

POSTED: 03:58 PM PST Dec 18, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 18, 2015 

"A Christmas Carol" is first published, the NHL plays its first games, Apollo 17 splashes down, and the U.S. House impeaches President Bill Clinton, all on this day.

OTD December 19 - Bill Clinton
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1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton is impeached on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives. Two other impeachment articles, a second perjury charge and a charge of abuse of power, failed in the House. All the charges arose from the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Paula Jones lawsuit. Clinton would eventually be acquitted by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 12, 1999.


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