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DECEMBER 24

1745 Benjamin Rush (Pennsylvania-born Patriot, Physician, Social Reformer) Benjamin Rush Health Care American Revolution
1894 Georges-Marie Guynemer (French World War I Flying Ace) French Explorers and Aviators Aviation World War I
1905 Howard Hughes (Texas-born Aviation Pioneer, Movie Producer) Howard Hughes Aviation Filmmakers
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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
1838 The First Railroad Reaches Greenwich, England Greenwich, England Railroad Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
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
1906 Ketchikan, Alaska Receives Telegraphic Service by Submarine Cable  Ketchikan, Alaska Telegraph Alaska Historical Society
1953 In New Zealand, a Volcanic Eruption Causes a Flood That Sweeps Away a Train, Killing More Than 150 People New Zealand Volcano Flood Railroads Death History Channel
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
1973 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Minor Damage in Grants, New Mexico Grants, New Mexico Earthquakes USGS
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
1991 The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Ends Its Practice of Dumping Sewer Sludge Directly into Boston Harbor Boston, Massachusetts Earth and Environmental Science Oceans Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

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