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

  • 563
    The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes.
  • 1294
    Pope Boniface VIII is elected Pope, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.
  • 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.
  • 1906
    Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
  • 1914
    World War I: The “Christmas truce” begins.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
  • 1955
    NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
  • 1974
    Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
  • 1979
    The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
  • 2000
    The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is murdered during the robbery.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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