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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 - Aida
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1871: Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Aida" has its world premiere at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. Pictured is a set design for Act 2, Scene 2 of the opera's Cairo premiere.

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