"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: Author Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the "Twilight" series of books, is born in Hartford, Conn.
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