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 - auto bailout
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2008: U.S. President George W. Bush signs a $17.4 billion rescue package of loans for ailing automakers General Motors and Chrysler, tapping into the fund that Congress authorized to rescue the financial industry. The funds, which were released to the automakers in January and February under President Barack Obama, would ultimately not be enough for the companies to avoid filing for bankruptcy.


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