Today in history

Today is Friday, December 24, the 358th day of 2021. There are seven days left in the year. It’s Christmas Eve.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed General Dwight D. Eisenhower Supreme Allied Commander Europe in Operation Overlord.

To this date :

In 1524, the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama – who had discovered a sea route around Africa to India – died in Cochin, India.

In 1809, the legendary American pioneer Christopher “Kit” Carson was born in Madison County, Kentucky.

In 1814, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812 after its ratification by the British Parliament and the United States Senate.

In 1851, a fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroying approximately 35,000 volumes.

In 1865, several Confederate Army veterans formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, which was the original version of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1906, Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to transmit the human voice (his own) as well as music over the radio, from Brant Rock, Massachusetts.

In 1913, 73 people, mostly children, died of panic after a false cry of “Fire!” during a Christmas party for striking miners and their families at Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan.

In 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament book of Genesis on a TV show on Christmas Eve.

In 1980, Americans remembered American hostages in Iran by burning candles or shining lights for 417 seconds, one second for each day in captivity.

In 1992, President Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.

In 1993, Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, who blended Christian and psychiatric principles into a “positive thinking” message, died in Pawling, New York, at the age of 95.

In 2013, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned code breaker Alan Turing, who was convicted of homosexual behavior in the 1950s.

Ten years ago: In a setback, Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to qualify for Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary ballot by failing to reach 10 000 signatures required. Troops commanded by relatives of the outgoing President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh (AH’-lee ahb-DUH’-luh sah-LEH ‘), attacked a crowd of more than 100,000 peaceful protesters, killing at least nine and pushing Saleh to promise to leave the country.

Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump said he would dissolve his charitable foundation before taking office to avoid conflicts of interest; the Democratic Party said that was not enough and asked the businessman to put his assets in a blind trust. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused President Barack Obama of a “shameful ambush” at the United Nations and said he was eager to work with his “friend” Donald Trump; Netanyahu’s comments came a day after the United States broke with past practice and allowed the Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

A year ago: California became the first state to record 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. Bethlehem opened on Christmas Eve with a flood of cheerful marching bands and the triumphal arrival of the highest Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, but few were there to welcome them as the pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened the celebrations. Just a week before the deadline, Britain and the European Union struck a free trade deal that would avert economic chaos on New Year’s Day and bring some certainty to businesses after years of turmoil over New Years. Brexit. President Donald Trump has pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, his son-in-law’s father, in the latest wave of leniency for longtime associates and supporters .

Today’s Birthdays: Dr Anthony Fauci is 81 years old. Record label manager Mike Curb is 77 years old. Actor Sharon Farrell is 75 years old. Former United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is 75 years old. Actor Grand L. Bush is 66 years old. Actor Clarence Gilyard is 66 years old. Actor Stephanie Hodge is 65. Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai (HAH’-mihd KAHR’-zeye) is 64 years old. Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 64 years old. Actor Anil Kapoor (ah-NEEL ‘kuh-POOR’) is 62 years old. Actor Eva Tamargo is 61 years old. Actor Wade Williams is 60 years old. Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 58 years old. Actor Mark Valley is 57 years old. Actor Diedrich Bader is 55 years old. Actor Amaury Nolasco is 51 years old. Singer Ricky Martin is 50 years old. Author Stephenie Meyer is 48 years old. TV personality Ryan Seacrest (TV: “Live With Kelly & Ryan”) is 47 years old. Actor Michael Raymond-James is 44 years old. Actor Austin Stowell is 37 years old. Actor Sofia Black-D’Elia is 30 years old. Rock singer Louis Tomlinson (One Direction) is 30 years old.

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