December 24 in History
1814December 24, 1814:
The Treaty of Ghent is signed by Great Britain and the United States to bring the War of 1812 to an end.
1865December 24, 1865:
The American white supremacist terrorist group, Ku Klux Klan is formed.
1871December 24, 1871:
“Aida”, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, is performed for the first time in Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House.
1889December 24, 1889:
Daniel C. Stover & William Hance are granted a patent for their bicycle which they improved by adding back pedal brakes.
1922December 24, 1922:
BBC Radio airs its first-ever drama, “The Truth about Father Christmas”.
1970December 24, 1970:
The animated romantic musical comedy film, “Aristocats” is released in theatres across the United States.
1972December 24, 1972:
Comedian Bob Hope performs in Vietnam as part of his final Christmas tour for deployed soldiers.
1979December 24, 1979:
Afghanistan is invaded by the Soviet Union.
1997December 24, 1997:
Renowned film director Woody Allen aged 62 marries Soon-Yi Previn, the 27-year old adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow who had previously been Allen’s girlfriend for 10 years.