"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.
1930: Dancer and choreographer Robert Joffrey, the co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet known for his highly imaginative modern ballets, is born Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan in Seattle, Wash. He died of AIDS at the age of 57 on March 25, 1988. He's seen here in a still from the 2012 documentary "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance."
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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