Sunday, December 24, 2017

Day 358 - This day in legal and military history

December 24

Christmas Eve


NATIONAL Chocolate Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1814 The War of 1812 between America and Britain ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent

1818 "Silent Night" was composed by Franz Joseph Gruber

1851 A devastating fire at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroys about two-thirds of its 55,000 volumes

1865 The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee

1955 NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition

1963 New York’s Idlewild Airport was renamed JFK Airport in honor of the murdered President Kennedy

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