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 - Sino-British Joint Declaration
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1984: The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would reclaim sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom on July 1, 1997, is signed in Beijing by Zhao Ziyang and Margaret Thatcher.

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