History December 24th

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  1. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    0640 - John IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope

    1046 - Pope Clement II, [Suitger] elected

    1294 - Cardinal Benedetto Gaetani chosen as Pope Boniface VIII

    1814 - Treaty of Ghent (end of US-Britain's War of 1812) signed

    1818 - "Silent Night" composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; 1st sung next day

    1851 - Fire devastates Library of Congress in Wash, destroys 35,000 volumes

    1860 - Joseph Jefferson's "Rip Van Winkle," premieres in NYC

    1884 - Austria-Hungary admits King Leopold II's Congo Free State

    1889 - Daniel Stover and William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

    1893 - Henry Ford completes his 1st useful gas motor

    1912 - Irving Fisher patents archiving system with index cards

    1924 - Albania becomes a republic (ex-premier Ahmed Zogoe's coup)

    1937 - Dutch govt recognizes Italian king Emanuel III as emperor of Abyssinia

    1951 - 1st televised opera (Amahl and Night Visitor)

    1951 - United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN

    1953 - Ren‚ Coty elected pres of France

    1997 - 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City