On this day: December 24

Published On: Dec 22 2012 12:13:40 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 24 2015 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 - Ava Gardner
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1922: Actress Ava Gardner, best known for her roles in movies such as "The Killers," "Mogambo" (for which she received an Oscar nomination), "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "The Barefoot Contessa" and "The Night of the Iguana," is born in Smithfield, North Carolina. She died of pneumonia at age 67 on Jan. 25, 1990.

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