Today is Dec. 19.
President Clinton became only the second U.S. president to be impeached on this date in 1998, when the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment -- charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. The allegations stemmed from the actions he took to conceal his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was then tried by the Senate in January 1999, and on Feb. 11, 1999, he was acquitted on both charges.
Also on this date in 1998, House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston, R-La, announced he would not be a candidate for the leadership post and, in fact, would be leaving Congress. Two days earlier, Livingston had admitted he'd had extra-marital affairs "on occasion."
The prime ministers of Britain and China signed an accord on this date in 1984, returning Hong Kong -- at the time a British territory -- to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, upon expiration of the 99-year lease.
The first radio voice broadcast from space took place on this date in 1958. The U.S. satellite Atlas transmitted a 58-word recorded Christmas greeting from President Eisenhower, "to all mankind America's wish for peace and goodwill toward men everywhere." The satellite had been launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Dec. 18.
In another space milestone: on this date in 1972, the splashdown of Apollo XVII ended America's manned moon exploration program.
In 1912, after three years of digging in the Piltdown gravel pit in Sussex, England, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson discovered two skulls that appeared to belong to a primitive hominid and ancestor of man. He also found a canine tooth, a tool carved from an elephant's tusk and remains of other prehistoric animals.
And it was on this date in 1997 that the motion picture "Titanic" opened in U.S. theaters to generally favorable reviews. The movie, which made a star out of Leonardo DiCaprio, would set box office records and win a record-tying 11 Oscars the following March.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.