"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.
1915: Singer and actress Édith Piaf, who would become widely regarded as France's national popular singer, is born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris, France. Among her best-known songs are "La Vie en rose," "Non, je ne regrette rien," "Hymne à l'amour," "Milord" and "La Foule." She died of liver cancer at age 47 on Oct. 10, 1963.
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