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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 - Leonid Brezhnev
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1906: Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet statesman who was the leader of the Soviet Union for 18 years, is born in Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire, in what is now the Ukraine.

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