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 - Library of Congress fire
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1851: A fire devastates the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes, about two–thirds of the library's 55,000 book collection, including two–thirds of the personal library Thomas Jefferson had donated.

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