"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.
1975: John Paul Stevens is appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. At the time of his retirement in June 2010, he was the oldest member of the court and the third longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court.
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