December 24 is the 357th day in the year (358th day in a leap year) 7 days until the end of the year.
December 24, 1865 in U.S.A., The Ku Klux Klan, a group of confederate veterans convened to form the secret society, the “Ku KluxKlan.” The KKK wished to ensure the local African American population did not gain civil and legal rights.
24th of December, 1962 in U.S.A., marked the return of captured Americans from bay of pigs operation.The US government reached an agreement with Cuba for the return of prisoners captured during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, paying a ransom of
$53 million in food and medical supplies when the last of more than 1,000 men taken prisoner are returned to the United States in time for Christmas.
December 24, 1903 in England: The First Number Plate, The first car number plate (A1) was issued to Earl Russel who camped outside the London County Council, issuing office overnight to be sure he got it, (he was the brother of the philosopher Bertrand Russell).
December 24, 1902 in Mexico: The War Minister Resigned.Mexico’s Minister of War, General Hernando Reyes, had quit his post and it was believed this would have a big political impact on Mexican politics. Senor
Limantour who was the finance minister was in line to be taking the post of Minister of War.
December 24, 1927 in Ireland: Irish workers in the U.S. sent an estimated $150,000 per week to poor relatives in Ireland. The republican war had devastated the country. In Kerry county 30% of the people were destitute. Their girls were sold to become domestic servants in America.
On December 24, 1933 in Italy, Benito Mussolini gave a speech in which he emphasized that agriculture was the main thing holding Italy together. He commented, “Fascist policy has leaned to agricultural rather than industry because we have far greater interests in agriculture.”
24th of December, 1943, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed as the supreme commander of Allied forces.
December 24, 1944 in Germany: the Germans who fled Adolf Hitler and his Nazis all expressed loathing for the dictator and his repression. Once allowed to live in a democracy like the U.S. they became very individualistic.
December 24, 1958 in U.S.A, marked the Use Of Telephone in America and Canada. According to a study by the telephone company, Americans possessed 50% of the world’s telephones, but Canada topped the charts for use of the phone with 497 phone discussions per year followed by 491 for Sweden and 460 for the United States.
December 24, 1967 in Israel, Bethlehem and Jerusalem,As a result of Israel’s victory in war pilgrims to Bethlehem and Jerusalem were allowed in for the first time in 16 years. The mayor believed that 20,000 Arabs and Christian travellers would flood in to the Holy Land.
December 24, 1994 in France,Four Islamic extremists hijack Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers, flying the aircraft to Marseilles. The French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur used French commandos to storm the aircraft killing all the terrorists and remaining hostages were released unharmed.
December 24th 1997 in France, The Carlos the Jackal.Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the self-proclaimed leftist revolutionary and mercenary known as Carlos the Jackal, was sentenced by a French court to life in prison for the 1975 murders of two French investigators and a Lebanese national at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna.
On December 24, 2002, Laci Peterson was reported missing from her Modesto, California, home, by her husband, Scott, who was later convicted of murdering her and their unborn son.
December 24, 2004 in U.S.A., The Texas Snowstorm happened. A huge snowstorm strikes Texas and Louisiana before it headed northeast into the New England states. It was the most snow that Texas received since 1899. Some places in the state only received a few inches while other places, like Victoria, received up to 13 inches overnight.
December 24, 2005 in U.S.A., There were Import Of Prescription Drugs From Canada.In the hopes of driving drug prices down in the U.S. senators and house officials were pushing for a change in federal law that would allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.
December 24, 2006 in Iran, Iran’s president rejects Resolution 1737.Iran’s president had rejected U.N. Security Council sanctions against Tehran, insisting his country would be pressing ahead with its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad said the resolution passed on Saturday was a “piece of paper,” and added that the fifteen countries who voted in its favor would regret it. Iran said it would begin installing three thousand centrifuges at a uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.