On this day: December 19

Published On: Dec 18 2012 05:58:49 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 19 2014 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 - Sino-British Joint Declaration
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1984: The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would reclaim sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom on July 1, 1997, is signed in Beijing by Zhao Ziyang and Margaret Thatcher.

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