On This Day in History, December 24

Looking forward to learning some significant news of this day in history? We have compiled for you a list of historic events that happened on December 24.

Read on!

  • 1814 – The War between the U.S. and Britain was ended with the signing of Ghent Treaty in Belgium.
  • 1851 – A fire destroyed about 35,000 volumes of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
  • 1877 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the phonograph.
  • 1906 – Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over the radio.
  • 1922 – BBC broadcast its first British radio play of “The Truth about Father Christmas” on this day.
  • 1928 – The first broadcast of “The Voice of Firestone” was aired.
  • 1933 – Paris express train derailed, killed 160, and injured 300 people.
  • 1943 –  Terence Rattigan’s “While the Sun Shines” premiered in London.
  • 1948 – The first completely solar-heated house became occupied in Dover, MA.
  • 1948 – For the first time ever, a midnight Mass was broadcast on television.
  • 1955 – Author Aldous Huxley took LSD for the first time.
  • 1965 – A meteorite landed on Leicestershire.
  • 1967 – Joe Namath became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards.
  • 1974 – Former US astronaut and politician, John Glenn, joined the Senate for Ohio.
  • 1985 –  The Cuban president Fidel Castro, announced that he was a non-smoker.
  • 1990Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman got married.
  • 1992 – US President George W. Bush pardoned Caspar Weinberger for the Iran-contra affair.
  • 1999 – Opening of St Peter’s Holy Door by Pope John Paul II.
  • 2000 – 36 minutes after the end of a game, both the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were called back to the playing field and the results still remained the same.
  • 2001 – “Time Magazine” named New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani the ‘Person of the Year’, for his leadership after 9/11 attacks.

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