"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.
1943: During World War II, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt names Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower the Supreme Allied Commander.
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