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Calendar for December 24th, 2012

1800s

  • Born 1809: Kit Carson (frontiersman)

  • 1810s

  • 1814: Treaty of Ghent signed between the U.S. and Great Britain, ending the War of 1812

  • 1818: Stille Nacht (Silent Night) first performed, Oberndorf, Austria

  • Born 1818: Eliza Cook (poet)

  • 1840s

  • 1849: First great fire of San Francisco

  • 1850s

  • 1851: Two-thirds of the collection of the Library of Congress (35,000 volumes) and a portion of the Capitol were destroyed by fire

  • 1880s

  • Born 1881: Juan Ramon Jimenez (poet)

  • Born 1881: Charles Wakefield Cadman (composer)

  • 1900s

  • 1906: Canadian-born Reginald A. Fessenden sent the first extended radio broadcast from Brant Rock, Massachusetts

  • 1906: "O Holy Night" was played on the world's first radio program broadcast, from Brant Rock, Massachusetts

  • 1910s

  • 1914: Unofficial Christmas truce began in areas of the Western Front during World War I

  • 1920s

  • Born 1922: Ava Gardner (actress)

  • Born 1929: Mary Higgins Clark (author)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Robert Joffrey (dancer)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1971: Ricky Martin (singer)

  • Born 1974: Ryan Seacrest (television host)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1984: Peter Lawford (actor)

  • 2000s

  • 2004: Catcher Jason Varitek was named captain of the Boston Red Sox

  • Died 2005: Michael Vale (actor best known for his portrayal of a Dunkin Donuts baker who always said, "Time to make the doughnuts.")

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Cheetah (chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s)

  • Died 2012: Charles Durning (actor)

  • Died 2012: Jack Klugman (actor)


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