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On This Day: December 24th

This is 358th day of the year and 7 days remain in the year.

in history
1524
Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama died in Cochin, India.
1814

The War of 1812 between America and Britain ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

1818
"Silent Night" was composed by Franz Joseph Gruber.
1865

The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee.

1871
Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida premiered in Cairo, Egypt, at the opening of the Suez Canal.
1943
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was appointed supreme commander of Allied Forces by President Franklin Roosevelt.
1992
President Bush pardoned former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.
December 24 BirthdaysKit Carson

1809–68, American frontiersman and guide.


Ava Gardneractress
Ryan SeacrestTV personality
Howard Hughesbusiness executive
Ricky Martinsinger
James Prescott Joulephysicist
Juan Ramón Jiménezlyric poet
Mary Higgins Clarknovelist



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