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December 24th, 2003 (December 24 2003)EventThe Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid s busy Chamartin Station.
December 24th, 2000 (December 24 2000)EventThe Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
December 24th, 1997 (December 24 1997)EventThe Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
December 24th, 1997 (December 24 1997)EventThe Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
December 24th, 1979 (December 24 1979)EventThe Soviet Union invades Afghanistan to support the country s Marxist government.
December 24th, 1979 (December 24 1979)EventThe first European Ariane rocket is launched.
December 24th, 1974 (December 24 1974)EventCyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
December 24th, 1968 (December 24 1968)EventThe crew of the USS Pueblo is released by North Korea after being held for 11 months on suspicion of spying.
December 24th, 1968 (December 24 1968)EventApollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.
December 24th, 1966 (December 24 1966)EventA Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
December 24th, 1958 (December 24 1958)EventCuba On December 24 and Blessed by the pope ["El Cristo de La Habana"] ][1]"(Havana s Christ) was erected for the first time. The marble sculpture is the work of Jilma Madera and its the biggest free standing sculpture made by a woman in the world.
December 24th, 1953 (December 24 1953)EventTangiwai disaster: A railway bridge is destroyed by a lahar at Tangiwai, in the Central North Island of New Zealand, sending a fully loaded passenger train into the Whangaehu River, and killing 153 people.
December 24th, 1951 (December 24 1951)EventLibya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
December 24th, 1946 (December 24 1946)EventFrance s Fourth Republic is founded.
December 24th, 1943 (December 24 1943)EventWorld War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander.Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
December 24th, 1942 (December 24 1942)EventWorld War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral Francois Darlan in Algiers.
December 24th, 1941 (December 24 1941)EventWorld War II: Hong Kong falls to the Japanese Imperial Army.
December 24th, 1941 (December 24 1941)EventWorld War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
December 24th, 1939 (December 24 1939)EventWorld War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
December 24th, 1929 (December 24 1929)EventAssassination attempt on Argentine President Hipolito Yrigoyen.
December 24th, 1924 (December 24 1924)EventAlbania becomes a republic.
December 24th, 1914 (December 24 1914)EventWorld War I: The "Christmas truce" begins.
December 24th, 1906 (December 24 1906)EventRadio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
December 24th, 1865 (December 24 1865)EventSeveral U.S. Civil War Confederate veterans form the Ku Klux Klan.
December 24th, 1851 (December 24 1851)EventLibrary of Congress burns.
December 24th, 1814 (December 24 1814)EventThe Treaty of Ghent is signed ending the War of 1812.
December 24th, 1777 (December 24 1777)EventKiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.
December 24th, 1294 (December 24 1294)EventPope Boniface VIII is elected Pope, replacing St. Celestine V, who had abdicated.
December 24th, 0563 (December 24 0563)EventThe Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes.

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