On This Day for 24th December

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

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