On This Day In History, 24 December


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World Events Today

  • The London Coliseum opened, as the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties, today in 1904
  • The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan today in 1979, it was the start of the Soviet–Afghan War which lasted nine years
  • The Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, was named as “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine today in 2001, it was in recognition of his leadership after the 9/11 attacks

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Christmas carol Silent Night, composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, was sung for the first time today in 1818, at Saint Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
  • Aida, the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, premiered today in 1871 in Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House
  • The Argentine football legend Alfredo Di Stéfano, who helped Real Madrid win the first 5 European Cups, was awarded the Super Ballon d’Or today in 1989, as of 2020 no other player has ever received the award

Family Events Today

  • The English brothel madam Cynthia Payne, was born today in 1932 in Sussex
  • The American novelist and movie producer Stephenie Meyer, author of the best-selling Twilight series, was born today in 1973 in Connecticut
  • After working on the set of the Days of Thunder movie together, actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman married today in 1990

Main Event Today

  • Cyclone Tracy started to hit the city of Darwin in Australia today in 1974, it destroyed more than 70% of all the buildings including 80% of all the houses

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Eggnog Day

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