On this day: December 19

POSTED: 03:58 PM PST Dec 18, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 18, 2013 

"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 - A Christmas Carol
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1843: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is first published and becomes an instant hit, selling out its initial print run of 6,000 copies by Christmas Eve.

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