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December 24th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 24, 2009, 05:20:37 am »

Thursday, December 24th
The 358th day of 2009.
There are 7 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlights in History
   
   On Dec. 24, 1992, President Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 24, 1907, I. F. Stone, the American journalist famous for his witty commentary in his newsletter, "I.F. Stone's Weekly", was born. Following his death on June 18, 1989, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   
   On December 24, 1859, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about congressional debates over slavery, William Henry Seward's famous "Irrepressible Conflict" speech, and the presidential election of 1860. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1524    Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, who had found the sea route around Africa to India, died in India.

1814    The War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.

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

1865    The Ku Klux Klan was founded as a private social club by several Confederate Army veterans in Pulaski, Tenn.

1871    Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Aida" had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.

1906    Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.

1920    Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

1943    President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces during World War II.

1968    The Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.

1989    Ousted Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega, who had succeeded in eluding U.S. forces, took refuge at the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.

1997    Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the aging revolutionary known as Carlos the Jackal, was sentenced by a French court to life in prison for the 1975 murders of two French investigators and a Lebanese national.

2002    Laci Peterson was reported missing from her Modesto, Calif., home, by her husband, Scott, who was later convicted of murdering her and their unborn son.

2004    The international Cassini spacecraft launched a probe on a three-week free-fall toward Saturn's mysterious moon Titan.

Current Birthdays

Ryan Seacrest turns 35 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg TV personality Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol") turns 35 years old today.


89    Dave Bartholomew
Bandleader

82    Mary Higgins Clark
Mystery writer

69    Anthony Fauci
Public health official

65    Mike Curb
Recording company executive

64    Lemmy
Rock musician (Motorhead)

63    Jeff Sessions
U.S. senator, R-Ala.

54    Grand L. Bush
Actor

54    Clarence Gilyard
Actor

53    Stephanie Hodge
Actress

52    Ian Burden
Rock musician (The Human League)

47    Kate Spade
Designer

46    Mary Ramsey
Rock singer (10,000 Maniacs)

45    Mark Valley
Actor

43    Diedrich Bader
Actor ("The Drew Carey Show")

39    Amaury Nolasco
Actor ("Prison Break")

38    Ricky Martin
Singer

Historic Birthdays

I. F. Stone

12/24/1907 - 6/18/1989
American journalist
(Go to obit.)

60    William Paterson
12/24/1745 - 9/9/1806
Irish-born American governor of New Jersey

58    Kit Carson
12/24/1809 - 5/23/1868
American frontiersman and folk hero

65    Matthew Arnold
12/24/1822 - 4/15/1888
English poet and social critic

73    Michael Curtiz
12/24/1886 - 4/10/1962
Hungarian-born American film director

22    Georges-Marie Guynemer
12/24/1894 - 9/11/1917
French World War I combat pilot

60    Baby Dodds
12/24/1898 - 2/14/1959
American jazz musician

70    Howard Hughes
12/24/1905 - 4/5/1976
American manufacturer and aviator

67    Ava Gardner
12/24/1922 - 1/25/1990
American actress


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