"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.
1973: The District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to elect their own local government.
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