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 This day in History - December 24
303 Historic Events for December 24
1966

Luna 13 lands on Moon

Event
1966

"Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 perfs

Event
1966

Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69

Death
1967

China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC

Event
1967

Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand

Event
1968

Apollo 8 astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis

Event
1968

WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event
1968

Joe Scuderi, cricketer (South Australian all-rounder)

Birth
1969

Kenny "Damn" Kelly, Paterson NJ, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend)

Birth
1970

Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy)

Birth
1970

Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen)

Birth
1970

Filmel Johnson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)

Birth
1970

9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane

Event
1970

Walt Disney's "Aristocats" is released

Event
1970

Marian Smerciak, Martin CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)

Birth
1971

Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke found 10 days later

Event
1971

Ricky Martin, PR, singer (Menudo)/actor (General Hospital) [or Nov 2]

Birth
1971

Tamir Bloom, NYC, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

Birth
1972

Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79

Death
1972

Ernst Kreuder, writer, dies at 69

Death
1973

Ferryboat capsized off coast of Equador, drowning 200

Event
1973

Eddie Pope, Greensboro NC, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)

Birth
1974

Tilly Losch, actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70

Death
1974

Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year

Event
1975

Otto AP Frst von Bismarck-Sch”nhausen, German diplomat, dies at 78

Death