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Today In History - December 24
Franz Xaver Gruber 
Franz Xaver Gruber 

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Today in History in 1818 the Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber was first sung at St. Nicholas Parish Church in Oberndorf, Austria.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1777 - Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook
  • 1798 - Russia & Britain sign Second anti-French Coalition
  • 1799 - Jacobin plot against Napoleon uncovered
  • 1818 - Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
  • 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
  • 1893 - Henry Ford completes his 1st useful gas motor
  • 1912 - Irving Fisher patents archiving system with index cards
  • 1920 - Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance (NYC)
  • 1970 - Walt Disney's "Aristocats" is released

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1491 - Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order (d. 1556)
  • 1809 - Christopher "Kit" Carson, KY, Union brig-general/indian fighter/frontiersman (d. 1868)
  • 1822 - Matthew Arnold, Laleham, Middlesex, poet/critic (Dover Beach), (d. 1888)
  • 1922 - Ava Gardner, Smithfield North Carolina, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana)
  • 1924 - [Irving] Lee Dorsey, New Orleans, vocalist (Working in the Coal Mines)
  • 1930 - Robert Joffrey, [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], US, dancer
  • 1966 - Deidrich Bader, Wash DC, actor (Oswald-Drew Carey Show)
  • 1971 - Ricky Martin, San Juan, Puerto Rico, singer (Menudo)/actor (General Hospital)
  • 1973 - Stephenie Meyer, Hartford, Connecticut, Author (Twilight)

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
  • 1949 - Linguist Noam Chomsky (21) weds Carol Doris Schatz (19)
  • 1971 - Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun
  • 1981 - Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa & Lisa Evers marry
  • 1983 - Actor Johnny Depp (20) weds Lori Anne Allison

Famous Deaths

  • 1524 - Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer/viceroy of Cochin, dies at about 55
  • 1660 - Mary, 1st British Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange (b. 1631)
  • 1863 - W M Thackeray, writer, dies at 52
  • 1865 - Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, British painter and writer (b. 1793)
  • 1997 - Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (Shogun), dies at 77
  • 1998 - Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88
  • 2012 - Charles Durning, American actor, dies from natural causes at 89
  • 2012 - Jack Klugman, American actor, dies at 90

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