December 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 24, 1818, the Christmas carol Silent Night was first sung?

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 2023.

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 interesting facts about December 24th in history!

What Events Happened On December 24 In History?

2012 Eleven kindergarten children were killed after a minivan plunged into a roadside pond in Jiangxi, China.

OTD in 2012: Eleven kindergarten children were killed after a minivan plunged into a roadside pond in Jiangxi

2001 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.

2000 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.

1970 Walt Disney’s “Aristocats” was released.

1968 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.


1914 Unofficial ceasefires sprang up across World War I’s Western Front.

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1868 King George I established the Greek Presidential Guard as the royal escort.

Established by Royal Decree, this royal escort was initially called the Agema, which initially resembled a small, independent battalion. The battalion itself was exclusively manned by elite soldiers and was broken up into two infantry companies and one cavalry company. Over the years, their name changed to the Palace Guard, and then in 1973, they became the Greek Presidential Guard.

1865 Several Confederate veterans formed the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee.

1849 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.

1818 The Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber was first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria.

1814 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

1800 A plot to blow up Napoleon Bonaparte with a barrel of gunpowder failed.

1777 James Cook visited Christmas Island.

OTD in 1777: James Cook visited Christmas Island.

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.

1651 Jan van Riebeeck departed for Cape of Good Hope to found the first permanent European settlement.

Famous Quotes Said On December 24

Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quotes ever said on December 24th.


“The profession of book-writing makes horse-racing seem like a solid, stable business.”

– John Steinbeck


“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”

– Jane Austen

Famous People Born On December 24

If today is your birthday, you have this in common with Louis Tomlinson. Find out more about what famous people were born on this day.

1991 Louis Tomlinson

English Pop Singer

Louis Tomlinson
31 years old
Born In:
England, UK
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1971 Ricky Martin

Puerto Rican Singer

Ricky Martin
51 years old
Born In:
San Juan, Puerto Rico

1974 Ryan Seacrest

American TV Host

Ryan Seacrest
48 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA

1973 Stephenie Meyer

American Novelist

Stephenie Meyer
49 years old
Born In:
Connecticut, USA
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Special Holidays On December 24

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

December 24: Last-Minute Shopper's Day

Last-Minute Shopper’s Day

Look, not all of us are organized enough to get all of our Christmas shopping done ahead of time, and we’re here to say that’s okay! You’ve got plenty of time to find some lovely last-minute gifts, and if you’ve already got everything, then you can just sit back and relax!

December 24: National Eggnog Day

National Eggnog Day

It’s simply not Christmas without Eggnog, at least in North America! So whether you like to binge on boozy eggnogs or take it easy with an alcohol-free option, make sure you celebrate National Eggnog Day with a glass or five of eggnog!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The old flag (1977-2011) of Libya consisted of a green field. It was the only national flag in the world with just one color and no design, emblem, or other details.

December 24 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus, the horned goat.

The Blue Topaz is the birthstone given to people born in December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it by recharging the body, mind, and spirit.

People born on Christmas Eve were likely conceived the same year on April 2.

Babies conceived on December 24, 2023, will likely be born around September 16, 2024.

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