On this day: December 19

Published On: Dec 18 2012 05:58:49 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 19 2015 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 - A Clockwork Orange
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1971: The sci-fi movie "A Clockwork Orange," written, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, and starring Malcolm McDowell, premieres in the United States. The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of Alex (McDowell) and his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via controversial psychological conditioning. Despite the film's controversial nature, it would prove to be a hit with American audiences, grossing more than $26 million, and earn four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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