Christmas! Christmas!! Christmas!!! The season of joy is here and in a few hours, fun bells will be ringing all over the world as the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ is celebrated!
Today December 24, we go down history lane:
1818: “Silent Night” was composed by Franz Joseph Gruber.
2008: China – The world’s largest Santa is unveiled.
A giant Father Christmas made of ice, which is claimed to be the world’s biggest Santa has been unveiled in China. The 525 feet long sculpture is the centerpiece at the world-renowned ice festival in the city of Harbin, where temperatures drop to well below freezing in the winter.
1990: actor Tom Cruise married his “Days of Thunder” co-star, Nicole Kidman, during a private ceremony at a Colorado ski resort (the marriage ended in 2001).
1968: The first pictures of an Earth-rise over the moon are seen as the crew of Apollo 8 orbits.
1903: England First Number Plate. The first car number plate ( A1 ) is 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 ).
1904: German SW Africa abolished the slavery of young children.
2012: Nigerian security forces detained two journalists from a Hausa-language newspaper over articles they published regarding alleged military abuses during the country’s fight against a radical Islamist sect.