24 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King John, 1167
  • St. Ignatius Loyola, 1491
  • Benjamin Rush, 1746
  • Kit Carson, 1809
  • Matthew Arnold, 1822
  • King George I Greece, 1845
  • Emanuel Lasker, 1868
  • Louis Jouvet, 1887
  • Michael Curtiz, 1898
  • Howard Hughes, 1905
  • I.F. Stone, 1907
  • Ava Gardner, 1922
  • Mary Higggins Clark, 1929
  • Robert Joffrey, 1930
  • Jill Bennett, 1931
  • Mike Curb, 1944
  • Nick Meyer, 1945
  • Ricky Martin, 1971

Died On This Day:

  • Vasco da Gama, 1524
  • William Makepeace Thackeray, 1863
  • John Muir, 1914
  • Norma Talmadge, 1957
  • Louis Aragon, 1982
  • Peter Lawford, 1984
  • Norman Vincent Peale, 1993
  • Rossano Brazzi, 1994
  • John Osborne, 1994
  • Toshiro Mifune, 1997
  • Harold Pinter, 2008
  • Cheeta (the Chimp), 2011
  • Charles Durning, 2012
  • Jack Klugman, 2012
  • Richard Adams, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1492 - Columbus's ship Santa Maria wrecked on north coast of Hispaniola where some sailors stayed.
  • 1814 - Treaty of Ghent ends War of 1812 between U.S. and Britain.
  • 1818 - 'Silent Night,' the Christmas Carol, first performed by choir and guitar in Salzburg, Austria.
  • 1851 - Library of Congress burns in major fire which destroyed over 50% of entire collection.
  • 1865 - Ku Klux Klan founded in Pulaski, Tennessee.
  • 1871 - 'Aida' by Giuseppe Verdi premieres at the Cairo Opera House.
  • 1877 - Edison files for a patent on his phonograph which is granted on February 19, 1878.
  • 1888 - Mad painter Vincent Van Gogh cuts off left ear and gives it to a prostitute; or did Gauguin cut him?
  • 1889 - Bicycle with back-pedal brake patented by Daniel Stover & William Hance of Freeport, Ill.
  • 1906 - First radio program including Handel's Massiah broadcast by Reginald Fessenden at Brant Rock, MA.
  • 1916 - Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' opens in NY.
  • 1920 - Govt. of Ireland Act passed partitioning country into 6 counties of N. Eire, and 26 of Southern.
  • 1922 - First ever radio play, The Truth about Father Christmas, broadcast from BBC Newcastle, England.
  • 1951 - Kingdom of Libya achieves Independence from Italy under King Idris;
  • 1979 - Soviet forces invade Afghanistan.

Holiday:

  • Christmas Eve

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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