1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in The Pennsylvania Journal entitled “The American Crisis.”
1777 – Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army began a winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pa.
1974 – Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford.
1998 – Bill Clinton became the second U.S. president to be impeached (Andrew Johnson was the first) by the House of Representatives, which approved articles charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice.
2008 – Mark Felt, an FBI official who became known as The Washington Post journalists’ shadowy source “Deep Throat” in the Watergate scandal, died at the age of 95.