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This Day in History: Dec. 24

1798: The Second Coalition, a military alliance comprising a number of European empires and kingdoms, is formed to resist French revolutionary forces commanded by Napoleon.
1814: The Treaty of Ghent is signed by the United States and Britain, ending the War of 1812.
1865: The Ku Klux Klan is formed in Tennessee.
1920: Enrico Caruso, Italian dramatic tenor, gives the last performance of his career at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
1941: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Min. Winston Churchill meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategy for World War II.
1942: German engineer Werner von Braun launches the first surface-to-surface guided missile.
1951: King Idris I proclaims the independence of the federal United Kingdom of Libya.
1992: Pres. George Bush grants full pardons to former Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger and 5 others for their alleged involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1994: Carlos "The Jackal," one of the world's most notorious terrorists, is sentenced to life in prison by a Paris court.

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