1998 : Articles of impeachment approved against U.S. President Bill Clinton : On this day in 1998, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice, though Clinton was acquitted by the Senate the following month.
1974 : Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States.
1966 : The United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Outer Space Treaty, an international treaty binding the parties to use outer space only for peaceful purposes.
1946 : The Viet Minh, founded by Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh, began the First Indochina War against France.
1910 : Jean Genet, a French criminal and social outcast turned writer who, as a dramatist, became a leading figure in the avant-garde theatre, especially the Theatre of the Absurd, was born.
1777 : During the American Revolution, General George Washington led 11,000 regulars to take up winter quarters at Valley Forge on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, 22 miles (35 km) northwest of Philadelphia.