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 - Robert Sherman
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1925: Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman, is born in New York City. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best known songs were incorporated into movies such as "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Charlotte's Web" and the theme park song of "It's a Small World (After All)." The brothers won an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from "Mary Poppins" and another Oscar for the film's score, which also earned them a Grammy Award. They were nominated for seven more Oscars during their career along with five Golden Globe nominations and two more Grammy nominations. Robert Sherman also served in the U.S. Army during World War II, leading the first squad of Allied troops into the Dachau concentration camp after it had been evacuated by fleeing German troops in early April 1945. Later that month he was shot in the knee, forcing him to walk with a cane the rest of his life and earning him the Purple Heart. He died at the age of 86 on March 5, 2012.

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