Today in History, English
Today in History, English

144511December 24Event1979 – The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
144512December 24Event1980 – Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called "Britain's Roswell".
144513December 24Event1994 – Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked on the ground at Houari Boumediene Airport, Algiers, Algeria. Over the course of three days three passengers are killed, as are all four terrorists.
144514December 24Event1997 – The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50–100 people.
144515December 24Event1999 – Indian Airlines Flight 814 hijacked in Indian airspace between Kathmandu, Nepal, and Delhi, India aircraft eventually landed at Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordeal ended on December 31 with the release of 190 survivors (one passenger killed).
144516December 24Event2000 – The Texas Seven hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is murdered during the robbery.
144517December 24Event2003 – The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.
144518December 24Event2005 – Chad–Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
144519December 24Event2008 – Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.
144520December 24Birth3 BC – Galba, Roman emperor (d. 69)
144521December 24Birth1166 – John, King of England (d. 1216)
144522December 24Birth1389 – John VI, Duke of Brittany (d. 1442)
144523December 24Birth1475 – Thomas Murner, German poet and translator (d. 1537)
144524December 24Birth1508 – Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian scholar (d. 1567)
144525December 24Birth1588 – Constance of Austria (d. 1631)
144526December 24Birth1597 – Honoré II, Prince of Monaco (d. 1662)
144527December 24Birth1609 – Philip Warwick, English politician (d. 1683)
144528December 24Birth1625 – Johann Rudolph Ahle, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1673)
144529December 24Birth1635 – Mariana of Austria (d. 1696)
144530December 24Birth1679 – Domenico Sarro, Italian composer (d. 1744)
144531December 24Birth1698 – William Warburton, English bishop (d. 1779)
144532December 24Birth1726 – Johann Hartmann, Danish composer (d. 1793)
144533December 24Birth1731 – Julie Bondeli, Swiss salonist (d. 1778)
144534December 24Birth1754 – George Crabbe, English surgeon, clergyman, and poet (d. 1832)
144535December 24Birth1761 – Selim III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1808)
144536December 24Birth1761 – Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)
144537December 24Birth1784 – Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia (d. 1803)
144538December 24Birth1798 – Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet and playwright (d. 1855)
144539December 24Birth1809 – Kit Carson, American general (d. 1868)
144540December 24Birth1810 – Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter and illustrator (d. 1873)

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