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What happened today in history?
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December 24
Christmas Eve

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1997Auto racer Michael Andretti marries fitness model Leslie Wood.
 
1995Twenty-three primates are killed in a fire at the Philadelphia Zoo.
 
1993Clergyman and motivational author Norman Vincent Peale dies in Pawling, New York, at age 95.
 
1990Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman are married.
 
1984Actor and 'rat pack' member Peter Lawford (The Thin Man) dies in Los Angeles at age 61.
 
1968Astronauts Frank Borman, William Anders, and Jim Lovell, aboard the Apollo 8 space craft, beam live photos of the moon and Earth back to terra firma.
 
1948The first TV broadcast of a midnight Mass takes place from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
 
1943US president Franklin D. Roosevelt names general Dwight D. Eisenhower as supreme commander of Allied forces, during WWII.

Photo shows General Eisenhower (seated, left) and President Roosevelt (foreground) touring Allied assets in Castelvetrano, Sicily.

(photo credit: NARA)


 

1871The Verdi opera Aida debuts in Cairo, Egypt, celebrating the opening of the Suez Canal.
 
1863Author William Makepeace Thackeray dies in London, at age 52.
 
1851A fire at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroys more than 25,000 books.
 
1818The Franz Gruber/Josef Mohr composition Silent Night is sung for the first time, in Oberndorf, Germany.
 
1814The US and Britain sign the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
 
1524  Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama dies in Cochin, India.
 

Born today:

1971  Ricky Martin - singer

1966  Diedrich Bader - actor (The Drew Carey Show)

1963  Mary Ramsey - singer (10,000 Maniacs)

1957  Ian Burden - keyboardist (Human League)

1946  Mean Joe Green - football player

1946  Jan Akkerman - guitarist (Focus)

1945  Nicholas Meyer - producer, director

1945  Lemmy Kilmister - bassist, singer (Motorhead)

1944  Mike Curb - composer, producer

1931  Ray Bryant - pianist

1922  Ava Gardner - actress

1905  Howard Hughes - billionaire industrialist

1818  James Joule - physicist

1809  Kit Carson - US frontiersman

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Capricorn   Capricorn    

(The Sea-Goat)

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