What Happened on December 24th

Historical Events

  • 1565 Compromise of the Nobles in Habsburg Netherlands closes against inquisition
  • 1814 Treaty of Ghent (end of US-Britain War of 1812) signed
  • 1871 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" premieres in Cairo, at the opening of the Suez canal
  • 1889 Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake
  • 1936 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered, Berkeley, Ca
  • 1943 FDR appoints Gen Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces
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Did You Know?

Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria

On December 24th, 1818

Famous Weddings

  • 1914 Agatha Miller (later best selling detective author) marries aviator Archibald Christie
  • 1917 Famous pilot Jimmy Doolittle (21) weds high school sweetheart Josephine E. Daniels
  • 1936 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England
  • 1943 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)
  • 1945 Actress Mary Astor (39) weds Thomas Gordon Wheelock
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