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One year ago, on December 19th,
1998, President Clinton was impeached by the
Republican-controlled House for perjury and
obstruction of justice. The 42nd chief executive
became only the second in history to be ordered
to stand trial in the Senate, where, like Andrew
Johnson before him, he was acquitted.
On this date:
In 1732, Benjamin Franklin began publishing
"Poor Richard's Almanac."
In 1776, Thomas
Paine published his first "American
In 1777, General
George Washington led his army of about 11,000
men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for
In 1843, "A
Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was
first published in England.
In 1907, 239
workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs
In 1932, the
British Broadcasting Corporation began
transmitting overseas with its "Empire
Service" to Australia.
In 1957, the
musical play "The Music Man" opened on
"Apollo 17" splashed down in the
Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned
In 1974, Nelson A.
Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice
president of the United States.
In 1984, Britain
and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to
Chinese sovereignty on July first, 1997.
Ten years ago:
Police in Jacksonville, Florida, disarmed a
parcel bomb at the local NAACP office, the fourth
in a series of mail bombs to turn up in the Deep
South. (Two of the bombs killed a Savannah,
Georgia, alderman and a federal judge in Alabama
-- Walter L. Moody Junior was convicted in both
Five years ago:
Former President Jimmy Carter, on a peace mission
to Bosnia-Herzegovina, met with Bosnian Serb
leaders, who offered a four-month cease-fire. CNN
publicly acknowledged it had wrongfully disobeyed
a judge's order in broadcasting former Panamanian
military ruler Manuel Noriega's jailhouse
One year ago: Two
days after his confession of marital infidelity,
Bob Livingston told the House he wouldn't serve
as its next speaker. President Clinton halted
airstrikes against Iraq after a fourth day of
"He who knows
nothing, doubts nothing."