"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.
1984: The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would reclaim sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom on July 1, 1997, is signed in Beijing by Zhao Ziyang and Margaret Thatcher.
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