December 24 holidays in 2021

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
Christmas Eve
- Weird
National Eggnog Day
- Weird

Historical Events on December 24

  • 1777: James Cook discovered Kiritimati – also known as Christmas Island.
  • 1800: The Machine Infernale Plot – also known as the Plot of the rue Saint-Nicaise – fails to kill Napoleon.
  • 1814: The War of 1812 ends when Great Britain and the United States sign the Treaty of Ghent.
  • 1818: In the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria, the 1st performance of Silent Night is held.
  • 1826: The Eggnog Riot – also known as the Grog Mutiny – occurs when a Christmas Party gets out of hand at the north barracks of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. It would last until the following morning.
  • 1851: a fire ravages the Library of Congress on this day.
  • 1865: The American terrorist organization – the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) – is formed on this day.
  • 1906: The first radio broadcast is transmitted by Reginald Fessenden on this day.
  • 1914: The Christmas Truce starts on this day during WWI.
  • 1943: For the Invasion of Normandy, United States’ General Dwight D. Eisenhower is named the Supreme Allied Commander.
  • 1964: The Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam is bombed by Viet Cong operatives.
  • 1966: Almost 130 people are killed when a Canadair CL-44 that was chartered by the U.S military crashes into a small South Vietnamese village.

Famous Birthdays on December 24

  • American frontiersman and Army officer, Kit Carson is born in 1809.
  • English poet and critic, Matthew Arnold is born in 1822.
  • American engineer, businessman and pilot, Howard Hughes is born in 1905.
  • American author and poet, Fritz Leiber is born in 1910.
  • American actress Ava Gardner is born in 1922.
  • American general George Patton IV is born in 1923.
  • American actor Wade Williams is born in 1961.
  • American fashion designer and co-founder of Kate Spade New York, Kate Spade is born in 1962.
  • American actor Mark Valley is born in 1964.
  • English director and screenwriter, Nick Love is born in 1969.
  • Scottish author Mark Millar is born in 1969.

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