On this day: December 24

POSTED: 10:13 PM PST Dec 21, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 23, 2013 

"Silent Night" is first performed, the Library of Congress burns, NORAD begins tracking Santa, and man orbits the Moon for the first time, all on this day.

OTD December 24 - Mary Higgins Clark
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1927: Author Mary Higgins Clark, the writer of more than 40 best-selling suspense novels, including her debut in the genre, 1975's "Where Are The Children," is born in The Bronx, N.Y.

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