24th December

Born on this day 24th December
1167 King John
1905 Howard Hughes
1922 Ava Gardner
1926 Lee Dorsey
1932 Lord (Colin) Cowdrey
1945 Lemmy
1948 Stan Bowles
1951 Nick Kent
1954 Helen Jones
1959 Chris Blackhurst
1959 Keith Deller
1960 Carol Vorderman
1962 Darren Wharton
1963 Caroline Aherne
1969 Nick Love
1969 Ed Miliband
1969 Mark Millar
1991 Louis Tomlinson
1992 Melissa Suffield

Died on this day
1863 W.M. Thackeray
1954 Johnny Ace

1964 The Beatles’ first Christmas show took place at the Hammersmith Odeon.
1977 RSO Records had the first of 6 successive US No.1 records

1984 In the First Division, Norwich City lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road.

People & Showbiz
1904 The London Colliseum opened, featuring Britain’s first revolving stage.
1922 The BBC broadcast ‘The Truth About Father Christmas’ by Phyllis Twigg, the first radio play in Britain.

General Events
1582 Water piped to houses by the London Bridge Waterworks began flowing.
1814 The Treaty of Ghent was signed bringing an end to the War between America and Britain
1865 In Tennesse USA, 6 Confederate veterans formed the Klu Klux Klan, originally a social club for members to ‘cheer up our mothers and girls’ by terrorisinn Negroes
1943 General Dwight D Eisenhower was appointed by Roosevelt to be Commander-in Chief of the invasion of Europe, despite never having fought a single campaign
1965 A meteorite weighing approximately 100lbs landed on Leicestershire, the largest recorded meteorite to fall in Britain in modern times
1989 According to a MORI opinion poll, Britain was still a Christian and God-fearing country.70% of Britons believed in God with 82% believing a man called Jesus was born 2000 years ago.

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