About December 24

December 24, 2022 is the 358th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 7 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 29 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 24

  • 1814
    The Treaty of Ghent is signed ending the War of 1812.
  • 1818
    The first performance of “Silent Night” takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
  • 1826
    The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
  • 1851
    Library of Congress burns.
  • 1871
    Aida opens in Cairo.
  • 1906
    Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1955
    NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
  • 1979
    The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
  • 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”.
  • 2005
    Chad–Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
  • 2008
    Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.

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