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On this day: December 19

Published On: Dec 18 2012 05:58:49 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 19 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

"A Christmas Carol" is first published, the NHL plays its first games, Apollo 17 splashes down, and the U.S. House impeaches President Bill Clinton, all on this day.

OTD December 19 - VC Andrews
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1986: American author V. C. Andrews, whose best-known novel is the infamous 1979 bestseller "Flowers in the Attic," dies of breast cancer at the age of 63 in Virginia Beach, Va.

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