Today in History
Today in History: Friday, December  19, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 19, 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice. (He was later acquitted by the Senate.)
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1732Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
1776Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay, writing: "These are the times that try men's souls."
1777Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
1843Charles Dickens' Yuletide tale, "A Christmas Carol," was first published in Britain.
1907A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa., killed 239 workers.
1946War broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
1972Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
1974Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald R. Ford, who became president when Richard M. Nixon resigned.
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1984Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
1986The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.
1997"Titanic," the second highest-grossing movie of all-time, opened in American theaters.
2000The U.N. Security Council voted to impose broad sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless they closed terrorist training camps and surrendered U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.
2003Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi agreed to halt his nation's drive to develop nuclear and chemical weapons.
2005Afghanistan's first democratically elected parliament in more than three decades convened.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal turns 34 years old today.
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Cicely TysonActress90
Al KalineBaseball Hall of Famer80
Maurice WhiteR&B musician (Earth, Wind and Fire)73
Elaine JoyceActress71
Richard E. LeakeyPalaeontologist70
Tim ReidActor ("WKRP in Cincinnati")70
Rob PortmanU.S. senator, R-Ohio59
Kevin McHaleBasketball Hall of Famer57
Mike LookinlandActor ("The Brady Bunch")54
Randall McDanielFootball Hall of Famer50
Criss AngelMagician47
Kristy SwansonActress45
Amy LocaneActress43
Alyssa MilanoActress ("Charmed," "Who's the Boss?")42
Warren SappFootball Hall of Famer42
Lady SovereignRapper29
Actress Jennifer Beals turns 51 years old today.
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