On this day: December 19

POSTED: 03:58 PM PST Dec 18, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 18, 2014 

"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 - Alois Alzheimer
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1915: German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer dies of heart failure at age 51 in Breslau, Prussia (now Wroc?aw, Poland). He is credited with identifying the first published case of "presenile dementia," which his colleague Emil Kraepelin would term Alzheimer's disease in his 1910 book "Clinical Psychiatry."

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