Christmas Eve? What about Christmas Adam?!?!?!
teehee… okay, bad puns aside, I’m not feeling that motivated to think of my own stuff to say (obviously). That being said, I found this website the other day, and it’s called “On-This-Day ‘dot-com'”. The name pretty much says it all. It gives you an Almanac for important things that we know happened on this day in history. So, for your Christmas Eve reading pleasure, here are some random factoids about Christmas Eve that make history geeks like myself squeal with delight.
On December 24th in:
1167 AD, King John of England was born (yes, THAT King John)
1814 – The War of 1812 between the USA and Britain was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
1818 – Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for “Silent Night” to words written by Josef Mohr, and scientist James Joule was born.
1828 – William Burke who, with his partner William Hare, dug up the dead and murdered to sell the corpses for dissection, went on trial in Edinburgh.
1851 – A fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroying about 35,000 volumes.
1865 – Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, TN, called the Ku Klux Klan.
1906- The first ever radio music program was broadcast from Brant Rock, MA
1951 – Libya achieved independence as the United Kingdom of Libya, under King Idris.
1965 – A meteorite landed on Leicestershire. It weighed about 100lbs.
1966 – Luna 13 landed on the moon.
1967 – Joe Namath (New York Jets) became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards.
1968 – Three astronauts, James A. Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman, reached the moon. They orbited the moon 10 times before coming back to Earth.
2000 – 36 minutes after the end of a game, the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins were called back to the playing field. The teams had to play the final 3 seconds of the game which the Dolphins had won 27-24. The end result did not change.
Merry Christmas Eve to all, and to all a good-bye!