Today in History, English
Today in History, English

144481December 24Event1500 – A joint Venetian–Spanish fleet captures the Castle of St. George on the island of Cephalonia.
144482December 24Event1777 – Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.
144483December 24Event1800 – The Plot of the rue Saint-Nicaise fails to kill Napoleon Bonaparte.
144484December 24Event1814 – The Treaty of Ghent is signed ending the War of 1812.
144485December 24Event1818 – The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
144486December 24Event1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
144487December 24Event1851 – Library of Congress burns.
144488December 24Event1865 – The Ku Klux Klan is formed.
144489December 24Event1871 – Aida opens in Cairo, Egypt.
144490December 24Event1906 – Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
144491December 24Event1911 – Lackawanna Cut-Off railway line opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
144492December 24Event1913 – The Italian Hall disaster ("1913 Massacre") in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking mine workers, including 59 children.
144493December 24Event1914 – World War I: The "Christmas truce" begins.
144494December 24Event1924 – Albania becomes a republic.
144495December 24Event1929 – Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
144496December 24Event1939 – World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
144497December 24Event1941 – World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
144498December 24Event1942 – World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers, Algeria.
144499December 24Event1943 – World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is named Supreme Allied Commander for the Invasion of Normandy.
144500December 24Event1951 – Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
144501December 24Event1953 – Tangiwai disaster: In New Zealand's North Island, at Tangiwai, a railway bridge is damaged by a lahar and collapses beneath a passenger train, killing 151 people.
144502December 24Event1955 – NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition.
144503December 24Event1964 – Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
144504December 24Event1966 – A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
144505December 24Event1968 – Apollo program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed ten lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures.
144506December 24Event1969 – Charles Manson is allowed to defend himself at the Tate–LaBianca murder trial.
144507December 24Event1969 – The oil company Phillips Petroleum made the first oil discovery in the Norwegian sector of North Sea.
144508December 24Event1969 – Nigerian troops capture Umuahia, the last Biafran capital before its dissolution became Owerri
144509December 24Event1973 – District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
144510December 24Event1974 – Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.

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