On This Day

What Happened on December 24

Important Events

  • 1565 Compromise of the Nobles in Habsburg Netherlands closes against inquisition
  • 1814 Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies

Dec 24 in Film & TV

  • 1922 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"

Dec 24 in Music

  • 1871 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo

Dec 24 in Sport

  • 1889 Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake
  • 1982 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic

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 24, 1818

Would You Believe?

Private companies allowed to use the word "postcard" in the US. Previously they were labelled "Private Mailing Cards" and known as "souvenir cards".

On December 24, 1901

Famous Weddings

  • 1161 Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos marries Princess Maria of Antioch in the Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, with chariot races to celebrate in the Hippodrome
  • 1914 Agatha Miller (later best selling detective author) marries aviator Archibald Christie
  • 1917 Famous pilot James Doolittle (21) weds high school sweetheart Josephine E. Daniels

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