"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.
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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