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 - Platoon
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1986: The war drama "Platoon," starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen, and directed by Oliver Stone, opens in Los Angeles and New York City. The film would become a box office success, making nearly $140 million at the box office, and would earn eight Academy Award nominations, winning four, including Best Picture and Best Director.


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