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 - Titanic
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1997: The dramatic love story "Titanic," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and directed by James Cameron, opens in theaters. The movie would go on to dominate the box office, staying at No. 1 for 15 consecutive weeks and eventually becoming the first film to reach the $1 billion mark. With an initial worldwide gross of $1.84 billion, it would remain the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron's 2009 film "Avatar" surpassed it in 2010. "Titanic" would also earn 14 Academy Award nominations, winning 11, including Best Picture and Best Director, to tie 1959's "Ben Hur" for the most Oscars won by a single film.

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