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To­day is Thurs­day, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2019. There are 12 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Dec. 19, 1998, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton was im­peached by the Repub­li­can­con­trolled House for per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice (he was sub­se­quently ac­quit­ted by the Se­nate).

On this date: In 1777, dur­ing the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, Gen. Ge­orge Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Val­ley Forge, Penn­syl­va­nia, to camp for the win­ter.

In 1946, war broke out in In­dochina as troops un­der Ho Chi Minh launched wide­spread at­tacks against the French.

In 1950, Gen. Dwight D. Eisen­hower was named com­man­der of the mil­i­tary forces of the North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In 1960, fire broke out on the hangar deck of the nearly com­pleted air­craft car­rier USS Con­stel­la­tion at the New York Naval Ship­yard; 50 civil­ian work­ers were killed.

In 1974, Nel­son A. Rock­e­feller was sworn in as the 41st vice pres­i­dent of the United States in the U.S. Se­nate cham­ber by Chief Jus­tice War­ren Burger with Pres­i­dent Ger­ald R. Ford look­ing on.

In 1975, John Paul Stevens was sworn in as an As­so­ciate Jus­tice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1986, the Soviet Union an­nounced it had freed dis­si­dent An­drei Sakharov (SAH’-kah-rahv) from in­ter­nal ex­ile, and par­doned his wife, Ye­lena Bon­ner. Lawrence E. Walsh was ap­pointed in­de­pen­dent coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate the Iran-Con­tra af­fair.

In 1997, James Cameron’s epic film “Ti­tanic” opened in U.S. the­aters.

In 2001, the fires that had burned be­neath the ru­ins of the World Trade Cen­ter in New York City for the pre­vi­ous three months were de­clared ex­tin­guished ex­cept for a few scat­tered hot spots.

In 2002, Sec­re­tary of State Colin Pow­ell de­clared Iraq in “ma­te­rial breach” of a U.N. dis­ar­ma­ment res­o­lu­tion.

In 2003, de­sign plans were un­veiled for the sig­na­ture sky­scraper — a 1,776foot glass tower — at the site of the World Trade Cen­ter in New York City.

In 2008, cit­ing im­mi­nent dan­ger to the na­tional econ­omy, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush or­dered an emer­gency bailout of the U.S. auto in­dus­try.

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