On This Day in History for December 24

Events in History

  • 563 The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes.
  • 640 John IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1046 Pope Clement II, [Suitger] elected
  • 1294 Cardinal Benedetto Gaetani chosen as Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1476 400 Burgundian soldiers freeze to death during siege of Nancy
  • 1515 Thomas Wolsey appointed Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1565 Compromise of the Nobles in Habsburg Netherlands closes against inquisition
  • 1568 Uprising of Moriscos in Granada
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Weddings in History

  • 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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