1. 1998: President Clinton impeached
It was on this date in 1998 that U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached due to his relationship with an unpaid intern named Monica Lewinsky. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice and lying under oath to a federal grand jury. This was only the third time the House of Representatives had initiated impeachment proceedings since 1798, and only the second time that a President was impeached. Clinton started his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky in November of 1995, and it would go on for about five months until she was transferred to work at the Pentagon in April of 1996. There, she started talking with a co-worker named Linda Tripp where she divulged the intimate details of her time with the President. Tripp secretly recorded the conversations she had with Lewinsky and later contacted Kenneth Starr who was the Whitewater independent counsel. The story eventually hit headlines all over the country and that’s when Clinton publicly denied the allegations by saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. Even though Clinton was technically impeached, five weeks later the Senate voted to remove him from office but he was acquitted on both articles of impeachment.
2. 1972: The conclusion of the Apollo 17 mission
Astronauts Harrison Schmitt, Ronald Evans, and Eugene Cernan landed safely back on earth concluding the 12-day Apollo 17 mission on this date in 1972. This would be the last mission to the moon, and therefore the last men to walk on the moon. This was the sixth successful lunar landing since Neil Armstrong first walked on the surface of the moon back in 1969. Astronauts Schmitt and Cernan spent a total of 75 hours on the surface of the moon where they conducted numerous experiments and collected roughly 240 lbs worth of rock and soil samples to study back on Earth. They also took the Lunar Rover out for three different excursions to explore untouched areas of the surface of the moon.
3. 1917: The opening of the first season of the National Hockey League
It was on this date in 1917 that the first season of the NHL kicked off. The league consisted of just five teams, all from Canada. Two teams in Montreal, the Wanderers, and Canadians, the Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators, And Quebec Bulldogs. That first day there was two games, the Wanderers won a close game against the Arenas 10-9, and the Canadians came out on top against the Senators 7-4. The season was split into two halves, one from December 19th to February 4th, and the other from February 6th to March 6th. The Toronto Arenas went on to win the Playoffs and then on to the Stanley Cup.