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 This day in History - December 24
303 Historic Events for December 24
1885

Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85

Death
1885

Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (Yorkshire and England keeper, later Test ump)

Birth
1887

Louis Jouvet, Crozon France, actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise)

Birth
1889

Vladimir Sokoloff, Moscow Russia, actor (Road to Morocco)

Birth
1889

Daniel Stover and William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

Event
1893

Carl Brisson, Copenhagen Denmark, actor (Murder at the Vanities)

Birth
1893

Ruth Chatterton, US actress (Madame X, Sarah and Son)

Birth
1893

Henry Ford completes his 1st useful gas motor

Event
1894

Scheveningse fishing boats destroyed by storm

Event
1894

Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot

Birth
1894

Soccer team Achilles '94 forms in Axes

Event
1898

Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer, dies at 41

Death
1898

Herman Heijermans' "Ghetto," premieres in Amsterdam

Event
1900

Herman Heijermans' "Hope of Blessing" premieres in Amsterdam

Event
1904

Herbert D Riley, US vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa)

Birth
1904

Juliaan Dillens, Flemish sculptor, dies at 55

Death
1904

German SW Africa abolishes slavery of young children

Event
1904

Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist

Birth
1905

Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire (Hughes Aircraft)/inventor

Birth
1905

Anna "Ans" van Dike ("the Young"), Jewish nazi collaborator

Birth
1906

Franz Waxman, K”nigshtte, Germany, composer (Day at the Races)

Birth
1906

John Walker, museum director

Birth
1906

Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass)

Event
1907

Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies

Death
1907

I[sidore] F[einstein] Stone, US journalist (IF Stone's Weekly)

Birth