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 - Peter Lawford
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1984: British actor Peter Lawford, a member of the "Rat Pack" best known for movies such as "The White Cliffs of Dover," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "Ocean's 11," dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 61 in Los Angeles. Lawford had also suffered from kidney and liver failure after years of substance abuse, which also contributed to his death.

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