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This Day in History for December 24 – First National Christmas Tree Lighting and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1818 – ‘Silent Night’ is composed by Franz Gruber (More info)

1914 – An extraordinary Christmas truce begins during World War I (More info)

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Courtauld Gallery, Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for December 23 – Van Gogh Cuts Off His Ear and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1823 – ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas,’ more commonly known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ is published anonymously (More info)

1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor (More info)

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25 Things You Might Not Know About Christmas

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Christmas is full of familiar traditions: carving the ham, leaving cookies out for Santa, listening to Uncle Morty talk about his gall bladder removal surgery while you’re trying to enjoy some egg nog. These

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This Day in History for December 22 – ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repealed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807 – At the urging of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress passes the Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries (More info)

1941 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy (More info)

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'Landing of the Pilgrims' by Michele Felice Cornè, The White House Historical Association
'Landing of the Pilgrims' by Michele Felice Cornè, The White House Historical Association
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This Day in History for December 21 – Pilgrims Land on Plymouth Rock and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620 – William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (More info)

1898 – Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (More info)

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This Day in History for December 20 – Elvis Presley Drafted and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (More info)

1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (More info)

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This Day in History for December 19 – House Votes to Impeach Clinton and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled ‘The American Crisis’ (More info)

1777 – George Washington’s Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (More info)

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This Day in History for December 18 – ‘The Nutcracker’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620 – The Mayflower docks at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts (More info)

1898 – Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.2 mph in a Jeantaud electric car (More info)

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Library of Congress
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This Day in History for December 17 – The Wright Brothers Fly and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1903 – Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make history’s first successful flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft (More info)

1944 – The US Army announces the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing “evacuees” to return home (More info)

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Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for December 16 – Boston Tea Party Occurs and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1773 – In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor in what would come to be known as the Boston Tea Party (More info)

1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China and kills an estimated 200,000 (More info)

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This Day in History for December 15 – Bill of Rights Ratified and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1791 – Virginia becomes the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first ten amendments to the Constitution law and completing the revolutionary reforms begun by the Declaration of Independence (More info)

1939 – ‘Gone with the Wind’ premieres at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia (More info)

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This Day in History for December 14 – ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1799 – President George Washington dies at the age of 67 (More info)

1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (More info)

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