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On this day: December 19

POSTED: 03:58 PM PST Dec 18, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 18, 2013 

"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 - American Crisis
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1776: Thomas Paine publishes his first "American Crisis" essay, writing the famous words, "These are the times that try men's souls."

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