On this day: December 24

POSTED: 10:13 PM PST Dec 21, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 23, 2014 

"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 - Howard Hughes
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Library of Congress

1905: Businessman, filmmaker and inventor Howard Hughes is born in Humble, Texas. Hughes would gain prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making films like "The Racket," "Hell's Angels," "Scarface" and "The Outlaw." He would also become one of the most influential aviators in history and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He would also become remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life. He died of kidney failure at age 70 on April 5, 1976.

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