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Dec 19, 1998

President Clinton impeached

Dec 20, 1957

Elvis Presley is drafted

Dec 21, 1988

Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Scotland

Dec 22, 1956

First gorilla born in captivity

Dec 23, 1888

Van Gogh chops off ear

Dec 24, 1979

Soviet tanks roll into Afghanistan

Dec 25, 1914

The Christmas Truce


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Lead Story

President Clinton impeached, 1998

American Revolution

Thomas Paine publishes American Crisis, 1776


“Bullitt” hits the silver screen in Sweden, 1968

Civil War

Confederate General James Archer is born, 1817

Cold War

Gorbachev releases Sakharov from internal exile, 1986


World Series parachutist sentenced, 1986


Pennsylvania miners perish in coal mine explosion, 1907

General Interest

Continental Army enters winter camp at Valley Forge, 1777

Last lunar-landing mission ends, 1972

Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China, 1984


Titanic sails into theaters, 1997


Poor Richard’s Almanack is published, 1732


Ahmadinejad bans all Western music in Iranian state television and radio broadcasts, 2005

Old West

John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn released, 1964


Washington leads troops into winter quarters at Valley Forge, 1777


National Hockey League (NHL) opens its first season, 1917

Vietnam War

Another bloodless coup topples the government in Saigon, 1964

North Vietnam condemns Linebacker raids, 1972

World War I

Haig becomes commander-in-chief of the British army in France, 1915

World War II

Hitler takes command of the German army, 1941


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