"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.
1980: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, best known for his movie roles in "October Sky," "Donnie Darko," "Brokeback Mountain," "Zodiac" and "Love and Other Drugs," is born in Los Angeles, Calif.
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