President Bill Clinton impeached; General George Washington opens camp at Valley Forge; Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol" is first published; Apollo 17 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean; 'The Music Man' opens on Broadway. (Dec. 19)
RITA FOLEY: December 19, 1998-- in Washington, Bill Clinton becomes the second American president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled House impeaches Democrat Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
BILL CLINTON: We must stop the politics of personal destruction.
RITA FOLEY: The following February, Clinton is acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate and finishes the rest of his term in office.
1777-- an iconic chapter of the Revolutionary War. General George Washington leads his Continental Army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to camp for the winter.
1843-- bah, humbug! Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol," the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the holiday spirit, is first published in Britain.
1972-- Apollo 17 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, bringing the last of America's manned missions to the moon to an end.
And 1957-- in New York, "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston as Professor Harold Hill, opens on Broadway.
Today in history, December 19. Rita Foley, the Associated Press.