TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1777, the Continental Army under George Washington set up winter quarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
In 1932, the first BBC World Service radio broadcast aired, as "Empire Service."
In 1998, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton.
In 2011, North Korea announced that dictator Kim Jong Il had died two days earlier.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), historian; Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982), Soviet leader; Jean Genet (1910-1986), author; Edith Piaf (1915-1963), singer/actress; Al Kaline (1934- ), baseball player; Richard Leakey (1944- ), paleoanthropologist; Robert Urich (1946-2002), actor; Reggie White (1961-2004), football player; Criss Angel (1967- ), magician; Tyson Beckford (1970- ), model; Alyssa Milano (1972- ), actress; Warren Sapp (1972- ), football player; Jake Gyllenhaal (1980- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The first American president to be impeached by the House of Representatives was Andrew Johnson in 1868.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1980, Brigham Young University's football team, down 20 points with three minutes to play, staged an improbable comeback to defeat Southern Methodist University in the Holiday Bowl, 46-45.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance." -- Jean Genet, "The Thief's Journal"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 12 -- astronauts in the Apollo program who set foot on the moon's surface. The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, returned to Earth on this day in 1972.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Dec. 15) and full moon (Dec. 22).