This was 354th day of the year and 12 days remained in the year.
Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac.
Thomas Paine published his first American Crisis essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."
Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol."
Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
President Bill Clinton impeached on two counts by the House of Representatives.
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