Historical Political Events for December 19

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Year Event
1946 The French Indochina War (for Vietnamese independence) begins, and Ho Chi Minh, the leader of the Vietminh (Vietnam Independence League), seeks refuge in a remote area of North Vietnam. (from the Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1978 The Indian parliament expels Indira Gandhi following her prosecution on charges of political misconduct and she is imprisoned.
1983 Donald Rumsfeld — then Republican President Reagan’s special envoy to the Middle East, now Bush's Secretary of Defense, meets with Iraq leaders to assure full support from US in the Iran-Iraq war.
1986 Lawrence Walsh is appointed special prosecutor in the United States to investigate the Iran–Contra Affair. [what goes around, comes around -- see 1998, below]
1995 "Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995" becomes law. "A bill to provide for the disclosure of lobbying activities to influence the Federal Government, and for other purposes." Of course, it didn't work.
1996 After being charged with corruption and fraud in October, the former Indian prime minister P. V. Narasimha Rao resigns as leader of the Congress Party. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1998 William Jefferson Clinton (D) impeached by the House of Representatives.
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Quote of
the Day
Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer conglomerates. Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? It's a beautiful world all right.
    — Calvin's Father, Calvin & Hobbes
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