About December 24

December 24, 2021 is the 358th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 7 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 39 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 24

  • 1777
    Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.
  • 1826
    The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
  • 1851
    Library of Congress burns.
  • 1865
    The Ku Klux Klan is formed.
  • 1871
    Aida opens in Cairo.
  • 1911
    Lackawanna Cut-Off railway line opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • 1914
    World War I: The “Christmas truce” begins.
  • 1924
    Albania becomes a republic.
  • 1929
    Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
  • 1939
    World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
  • 1941
    World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
  • 1942
    World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander.
  • 1951
    Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
  • 1953
    Tangiwai disaster: A railway bridge is destroyed by a lahar at Tangiwai, in the Central North Island of New Zealand, sending a fully loaded passenger train into the Whangaehu River, and killing 153 people.
  • 1966
    A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
  • 1968
    Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.
  • 1980
    Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, an incident called “Britain’s Roswell”.
  • 1997
    The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • 2003
    The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station.

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