"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.
1968: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcasted live TV pictures as part of a famous Christmas Eve broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.
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