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 - Harold Pinter
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2008: Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor Harold Pinter dies of liver cancer at age 78 in London, England. His best-known plays include "The Birthday Party," "The Homecoming" and "Betrayal," each of which he adapted into movies. He also adapted others' works for the screen, including "The Servant," "The Go-Between," "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "The Trial" and "Sleuth."

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