"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.
1932: BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service, a shortwave service aimed principally at English speakers in the outposts of the British Empire. Today, the BBC World Service is the world's largest international broadcaster, broadcasting news, speech and discussions in 27 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, and FM and MW relays.
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