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This Day In History: Dec. 24

This Day in History

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.

Today's Birthdays

1167: John, king of England, signer of the Magna Carta (Oxford, England; died 1216)
1737: Silas Deane, American Revolution diplomat (Groton, CT; died 1789)
1745: Benjamin Rush, patriot/physician (Byberry, PA; died 1813)
1809: Kit Carson, frontiersman/trapper/soldier/guide (Madison County, KY; died 1868)
1818: James Prescott Joule, physicist/inventor (Lancashire, England; died 1889)
1822: Matthew Arnold, poet/essayist (Laleham, England; died 1888)
1893: Harry Warren, songwriter (Brooklyn, NY; died 1981)
1905: Howard Hughes, reclusive industrialist/aviator/producer (Houston, TX; died 1976)
1907: I. F. Stone, journalist (Philadelphia, PA; died 1989)
1922: Ava Gardner, actress (Smithfield, NC; died 1990)
1930: Robert Joffrey, ballet dancer/choreographer and founder of the Joffrey Ballet (Seattle, WA; died 1988)
1931: Mary Higgins Clark, author (New York, NY)
1957: Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan (Kandahar, Afghanistan)
1971: Ricky Martin, singer (San Juan, PR)

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