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I have a little write up and it is today in history. December 24 seems to be known as a special day, with different occurrences over the years. Below are 24 occurrences or events that happened on December 24
  • 1167        Dec 24, John “Lackland” Plantagenet, King of England (1199-1216), was born. 

    (HN, 12/24/98)(MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1476        Dec 24, Some 400 Burgundy soldiers froze to death during the siege of Nancy.

(MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1483        Dec 24, Leaders of the English rebels swore fealty to Henry Tudor in the Cathedral of Rennes in Brittany.

    (ON, 12/06, p.1)

  • 1492        Dec 24-1492 Dec 25, The Santa Maria under Columbus ran aground on a reef off Espanola on Christmas eve, and sank the next day. With the remains of the Santa Maria, Columbus built a fort and called it La Navidad. About two dozen crew members were left behind.


  • 1515        Dec 24, Thomas Cardinal Wolsey was appointed English Lord Chancellor.

    (MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1524        Dec 24, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (~55), who had discovered a sea route around Africa to India, died in Cochin, India. He had served as Viceroy in India. Gama served under the patronage of Dom Manoel and at one time burned alive 380 men, women and children.

    (TL-MB, 1988, p.12)(AP, 12/24/97)(MC, 12/24/01)(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.M3)

  • 1638        Dec 24, The Ottomans under Murad IV recaptured Baghdad from Safavid Persia. 

    (HN, 12/24/98)

  • 1660        Dec 24, Mary I Henriette Stuart (29), queen of England, died.

    (MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1724        Dec 24, Benjamin Franklin arrived in London.

    (MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1745        Dec 24, Benjamin Rush, American medical pioneer and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Byberry, Pa.

    (HN, 12/24/98)(MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1798        Dec 24, Russia and England signed a Second anti-French Coalition.

    (MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1799        Dec 24, A Jacobin plot against Napoleon was uncovered.

    (MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1801        Dec 24, Richard Trevithick, inventor of the steam locomotive, completed a road test of his 1st “traveling engine” in Camborne, England.

    (ON, 4/04, p.5)

  • 1809        Dec 24, Kit Carson, one of the most famous mountain men and scouts in the West, was born in Kentucky. 

    (HN, 12/24/98)(MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1812        Dec 24, Joel Barlow, aged 58, American poet and lawyer, died from exposure near Vilna, Poland [Lithuania], during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. Barlow was on a diplomatic mission to the emperor for President Madison. 

    (HN, 12/24/98)

  • 1814        Dec 24, The Treaty of Ghent between the United States and Great Britain, terminating the War of 1812, was signed at Ghent, Belgium. The news did not reach the United States until two weeks later (after the decisive American victory at New Orleans). The treaty, signed by John Quincy Adams for the US, committed the US and Britain “to use their best endeavors” to end the Atlantic slave trade.

    (AP, 12/24/97)(WSJ, 12/31/97, p.A11)(HN, 12/24/98)(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T10)

  • 1818        Dec 24, James Prescott Joule, physicist , was born. He discovered the principal of the conservation of energy.

    (MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1818        Dec 24, “Silent Night” was composed by Franz Joseph Gruber.

    (HFA, ‘96, p.44)(SI-WPC, 12/6/96)(MC, 12/24/01)

  • 1850        Dec 24, Frederic Bastiat (b.1801), French free-market economist, died in Rome of tuberculosis.

    (WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A12)

  • 1851        Dec 24, Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes. 

    (AP, 12/24/97)

  • 1854        Dec 24, The 8.4 Ansei Nankai Quake struck Japan. Over 10,000 people from the Tokai region down to Kyushu were killed.

  • 1860        Dec 24, South Carolina issued a “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina.”
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    (Econ, 12/1/12, p.34)

  • 1861        Dec 24, The USS Gem of the Sea destroyed the British blockade runner Prince of Wales off the coast at Georgetown, S.C. 

    (HN, 12/24/98)

  • 1862        Dec 24, A Christmas present arrived a day early
  • 2012        Dec 24, Nigerian security forces detained two journalists from a Hausa-language newspaper over articles they published regag arding alleged military abuses during the country’s fight against a radical Islamist sect.

By Babatunde Adebola

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