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On this day: December 24

Published On: Dec 22 2012 12:13:40 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 24 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

"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.

OTD December 24 - The Love Bug
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Walt Disney Pictures

1968: Walt Disney's "The Love Bug," starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett, opens in limited release. The movie, starring an anthropomorphic white 1963 Volkswagen racing Beetle named Herbie, would go on to earn more than $51 million at the domestic box office when it went into wide release in 1969, making it the third highest-grossing film of 1969 and inspiring a series of Disney movies.

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