"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.
1906: Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet statesman who was the leader of the Soviet Union for 18 years, is born in Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire, in what is now the Ukraine. He died at the age of 75 in November 1982.
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