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24 December

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

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

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

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

1818 – Austrua – Performance of “Silent Night” at church of St. Nikolaus, Oberndorf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

1826 – USA – Eggnogg Riot began. 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

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/QsRrwm9KT5Q http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-lehto/the-italian-hall-disaster_b_1120771.html


1914 – Western Front – WW1 Christmas Truce began. https://youtu.be/jHhM-1_StJI 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 – Atlantic Ocean – RAF plane poss. shot down, 21 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19431224-0

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/qldcvarHas4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_8969

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

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

York

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