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December 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 24

December 24th observes Last-Minute Shopper’s Day as well as Eggnog Day.

Welcome to day 358 of the year, tomorrow is Christmas Day, who’s excited?! Also, this means that there are only 7 days left of 2021.

People who were born on this day all share the Capricorn star sign.

You’re going to uncover some incredibly important facts and events that happened on this day, including historical events, celebrity births and so much more!

Did you know that on this day in 1818, the Christmas carol Silent Night was first sung? The performance took place at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria.

Keep reading for more facts about December 24th in history!

What Happened On December 24 In History?


Eleven kindergarten children were killed after a minivan plunged into a roadside pond in Jiangxi, China.


Rudy Giuliani was named “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine.

The New York Mayor was commended for his leadership during the 9/11 terror attacks by being named Person of the Year. He was also admired for improving New York City's safety after the attacks.

The Texas Seven held up a sports store.

This group of escaped prisoners dubbed with the nickname "The Texas Seven" robbed an Oshman's Sporting Goods where they stole at least 40 guns and sets of ammunition. A police officer who responded to the call, Officer Aubrey Hawkins, was ambushed and shot 11 times, and was the only casualty.

Walt Disney’s “Aristocats” was released.


The crew of NASA’s Apollo 8 became the first humans to enter the Moon’s orbit.

Millions of people worldwide tuned in to hear the news that Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders became the first humans to orbit the moon.
Source NASA

Several Confederate veterans formed the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee.


The first great fire of early San Francisco started on the east side of the Plaza.

It was the first of seven great fires in 2 years.

The Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber was first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria.


The Treaty of Ghent was signed, which ended the War of 1812 between the US, the UK, and their allies.

OTD in 1814: The Treaty of Ghent was signed

Christmas Island was visited by James Cook.

OTD in 1777: Christmas Island was visited by James Cook.
Even though James Cook was not the first explorer to discover Christmas Island, he was the one to give it the name "Christmas Island" since he visited the island on Christmas Eve. These days the island is officially called Kiritimati.

Jan van Riebeeck departed for Cape of Good Hope to found the first permanent European settlement.