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DECEMBER 24

1809 Kit Carson (Kentucky-born Frontiersman) Kit Carson American Explorers and Pioneers
1894 Georges-Marie Guynemer (French World War I Flying Ace) French Explorers and Aviators Aviation World War I
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1524 Vasco da Gama (Portuguese Navigator Who Discovered a Sea Route Around Africa to India Vasco da Gama India Africa Explorers Naval History South African History
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1508 London Houses Receive Piped Water for the First Time Since the Roman Empire London, England Roman Empire Historic Firsts Historic UK
1801 A Steam Engine Is First Used to Transport Passengers in London, England London, England Steam Engine Railroad Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac History Channel
1823 Greensburg, Indiana Gets It's First Post Office Greensburg, Indiana USPS Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1838 The First Railroad Reaches Greenwich, England Greenwich, England Railroad Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
1844 Oregon City Is the First Incorporated Town on the Pacific Coast Oregon City, Oregon Historic Firsts SalemOregon.com
1852 The First Railroad Locomotive in Texas Is Placed in Service by the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Texas Railroads Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1857 Ten Scholars from Racine High School Are the First Graduating High School Class in the State of Wisconsin Racine, Wisconsin Education Historic Firsts Racine Unified School District Wisconsin Historical Society
1869 The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan Holds Its First Service in Sauke Centre, Minnesota Sauke Centre, Minnesota Religion Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1871 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera ''Aida'' Is Premiered in Cairo, Egypt, to Celebrate the Opening of the Suez Canal  Suez Canal  Giuseppe Verdi Composers Opera Historic Firsts The New York Times American Public Media
1889 Electric Streetcars Begin Running in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Transportation Electricity Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1893 Henry Ford Completes His First Successful Gasoline Engine Henry Ford Automotives Inventors and Inventions Historic Firsts History Channel
1903 England Issues Its First Automobile License England Automotives Historic Firsts History Channel
1906 From Brant Rock, Massachusetts, Canadian Physicist Reginald A. Fessenden Is the First Person to Broadcast a Music Program over Radio  Canadian Scientists & Mathemaiticians Brant Rock, Massachusetts Radio Music Historic Firsts The New York Times
1923 President Calvin Coolidge Lights the First National Christmas Tree on the Grounds of the White House The White House President Calvin Coolidge Christmas Historic Firsts History Channel
1925 The London Evening News Publishes the First Short Story by A.A. Milne That Includes the Character Winnie-the-Pooh A.A. Milne Primary Children's Authors Journalism Winnie the Pooh Historic Firsts Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1948 The Perry Como Show Debuts on Television Pennsylvania Performing Artists Television Popular Musician Historic Firsts History Channel
1951 Gian Carlo Menotti's ''Amahl and the Night Visitors,'' the First Opera Written for Television, Is Broadcast by NBC  Italian Composers  Television Composers Opera Historic Firsts The New York Times American Public Media
1968 Orbiting the Moon, Apollo 8 Astronauts Read Passages from Genesis During a Christmas Eve Television Broadcast Space Exploration Lunar Exploration  Television Bible Christmas BBC
1979 The European Space Agency Launches Its First Rocket Ariane 1, From the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana French Guiana Space Exploration Historic Firsts European Space Agency BBC

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