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Daily Calendar for Friday, December 24, 2021

Born

  • Kit Carson (frontiersman) –
  • Eliza Cook (poet) –
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman (composer) –
  • Juan Ramon Jimenez (poet) –
  • Ava Gardner (actress) –
  • Mary Higgins Clark (author) –
  • Robert Joffrey (dancer) –
  • Ricky Martin (singer) –
  • Ryan Seacrest (television host) –
  • Pepper (Bolivian gray titi monkey) –

Died

  • Peter Lawford (actor) –
  • Michael Vale (actor) –
  • Cheetah (chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s) –
  • Charles Durning (actor) –
  • Jack Klugman (actor) –

Events

  • Treaty of Ghent signed between the U.S. and Great Britain, ending the War of 1812–
  • Stille Nacht (Silent Night) first performed, Oberndorf, Austria–
  • Clement Moore’s A Visit From St. Nicholas” likely written”–
  • The Eggnog Riot began at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York–
  • First great fire of San Francisco–
  • Two-thirds of the collection of the Library of Congress (35,000 volumes) and a portion of the Capitol were destroyed by fire–
  • Canadian-born Reginald A. Fessenden sent the first extended radio broadcast from Brant Rock, Massachusetts–
  • O Holy Night was played on the world’s first radio program broadcast, from Brant Rock, Massachusetts–
  • Unofficial Christmas truce began in areas of the Western Front during World War I–
  • CONAD (later, NORAD) began to track Santa Claus–
  • Catcher Jason Varitek was named captain of the Boston Red Sox–

Weather

  • Chicago set a record low temperature of -23 degrees F–
  • In Fairfield, Montana, the temperature dropped from 63 degrees F at noontime to a chilly 21 degrees below zero F at midnight–

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