"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.
1814: The War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain ends with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
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