Today in History for 24th December 2018

Historical Events

1515 – Thomas Wolsey appointed Lord Chancellor of England
1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
1910 – Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta’s Fountain, San Francisco
1921 – Ottawa’s Harry Broadbent scores in 10-0 Senators blowout of the Montreal Canadiens; first in 16-game NHL record goal-scoring streak; Charlie Simmer’s 13 game streak (1979) is considered modern-day record
1964 – Shooting begins on “The Cage” the pilot for Star Trek
2003 – Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station.

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Famous Birthdays

1698 – William Warburton, English writer and Bishop of Gloucester, born in Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1779)
1932 – On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 2014)
1944 – Oswald Gracias, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bombay, born in Bombay Presidency
1965 – Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
1968 – Joe Scuderi, Australian cricketer (South Australian all-rounder), born in Ingham, Australia
1986 – Riyo Mori, Japanese actress and model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan

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Famous Deaths

427 – Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
1548 – Maximilian of Egmond, Dutch count/stadholder of Frisia, dies
1813 – Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)
1972 – Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
1992 – Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs), dies of heart attack at 64
1993 – Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81

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