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24 December

645BCE – China – Meteorite fell. http://www.phenomena.org.uk

640 – Rome – John IV became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_IV

1144 – Turkey – Siege of Edessa ended (Crusades). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Edessa

1294 – Rome – Benedetto Caetani became Pope Boniface VIII. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Boniface_VIII

1500 – Greece – Siege of the Castle of Saint George ended (Ottoman-Venetian War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_the_Castle_of_Saint_George

1568 – Kingdom of Granada – Second Rebellion of the Alpujarras began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebellion_of_the_Alpujarras_(1568%E2%80%9371)

1598 – Korea – Imjin War ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_invasions_of_Korea_(1592%E2%80%9398)

1601 – England – Earthquake in North Sea. http://www.quakes.bgs.ac.uk/historical/query_eq/

1777 – Christmas Island (Kiritimati) – Discovered by James Cook. http://www.captaincooksociety.com/home/detail/225-years-ago-october-december-1777

1800 – France – Plot of the Rue Saint-Nicaise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plot_of_the_rue_Saint-Nicaise

1805 – India – Second Anglo-Maratha War ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Anglo-Maratha_War

1814 – Belgium – Treaty of Ghent signed (War of 1812). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Ghent


1818 – Austria – Performance of “Silent Night” at church of St. Nikolaus, Oberndorf. https://youtu.be/vqUw4PgvytU http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night


1826 – USA – Eggnog Riot began. https://youtu.be/AzD84SdxRs4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggnog_Riot

1854 – Japan – Earthquake measuring 8.4Mw, epicentre in Honshu, followed by tsunami. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1854_Nankai_earthquake


1871 – Egypt – Verdi’s opera Aida premiered at Khedivial Opera House, Cairo. https://youtu.be/ifZAzQDjPzA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida

1911 – USA – Lackawanna Cut-Off railway lines opened in New Jersey, Pennsylvania. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_Cut-Off


1913 – USA – Stampede at Italian Hall, Calumet, Michigan, 73 killed. https://youtu.be/Csz2do69XP8 WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-lehto/the-italian-hall-disaster_b_1120771.html


1914 – Western Front – WW1 Christmas Truce began. https://youtu.be/WcoNbzHhaWM WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_report/1998/10/98/world_war_i/197627.stm

1935 – Peru – Pan American Grace Airways plane crashed at Lima, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19351224-0

1943 – Ukrainian SSR – Dnieper-Carpathian Offensive began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dnieper%E2%80%93Carpathian_Offensive

1943 – Atlantic Ocean – RAF plane poss. shot down, 21 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19431224-0

1944 – Hungary – Siege of Budapest began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Budapest

1945 – USA – Sodder Children disappearance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodder_children_disappearance

1946 – USA – Western Air Lines Flight 44 crashed near San Diego, CA, 12 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19461224-0

1947 – Democratic Republic of Congo – Sabena plane crashed near Mitwaba, 5 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19471224-0

1951 – Libya – Independence from Italy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13754897


1953 – New Zealand – Train crash at Tangiwai, 151 killed. https://youtu.be/npj0ZYLI3uk http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/the-tangiwai-railway-disaster

1958 – UK – BOAC Plane crashed at Sopley Park, 9 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19581224-1

1964 – USA – Flying Tiger Line Flight 282 crashed near San Francisco International Airport, 3 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19641224-0

1964 – Vietnam – Brinks Hotel bombed, 2 killed (Vietnam War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Brinks_Hotel_bombing

1966 – Vietnam – Flying Tiger Line plane crashed near Da Nang Airport, 111 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19661224-0

1968 – UK – Allegheny Airlines Flight 736 crashed near Bradford Regional Airport, 20 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19681224-0

1971 – Peru – LANSA Flight 508 crashed at Pueto Inca, 91 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19711224-0

1974 – Australia – Cyclone Tracy hits land in Darwin. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/25/newsid_3956000/3956475.stm

1979 – Afghanistan – Soviet-Afghan War began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet%E2%80%93Afghan_War


1994 – Algiers – Air France Flight 8969 hijacked at Algiers Airport. https://youtu.be/oDRHbJCPRhM WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_8969

1997 – Algeria – Sid El-Antri Massacre ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_El-Antri_massacre

1999 – Afghanistan – Indian Airways Flight 14 hijacked at Kandahar Airport, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19991224-1

2008 – Democratic Republic of the Congo – Christmas Massacres began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Christmas_massacres

2010 – Puerto Rico – Earthquake measuring 5.4Mw, epicentre in Agues Buenas. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/pr10358004/

2015 – Storm Eva, caused flooding in Cumbria. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Eva

York

1967 – Theatre Royal re-opened after alterations, including glass foyer extension.