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On December 19
1562 The Battle of Dreux was fought between the Huguenots and the Catholics, beginning the French Wars of Religion.
1777 Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, PA, to camp for the winter.
1903 The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It was the first major suspension bridge in America.
1918 Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in The New York Globe .
1959 Walter Williams died in Houston, TX, at the age of 117. He was said to be the last surviving veteran of the U.S. Civil War.
1973 Johnny Carson started a fake toilet-paper scare on the "Tonight Show."
1985 ABC Sports announced that it was severing ties with Howard Cosell and released ‘The Mouth’ from all TV commitments. Cosell continued on ABC Radio for another five years.
1996 The school board of Oakland, CA, voted to recognize Black English, also known as "Ebonics." The board later reversed its stance.
1998 A four-day bombing of Iraq by British and American forces ended.
1998 President Bill Clinton was impeached on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives.
2000 The U.N. Security Council voted to impose sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless they closed all terrorist training camps and surrender U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.


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