"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.
1980: The drama "Raging Bull," starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty, and directed by Martin Scorsese, opens in theaters. The movie, which tells the real-life story of Italian American middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta, would go on to earn eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, but would win only Best Actor for De Niro and Best Film Editing.
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