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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 - Howard Hughes
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1905: Businessman, filmmaker and inventor Howard Hughes is born in Humble, Texas. Hughes would gain prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making films like "The Racket," "Hell's Angels," "Scarface" and "The Outlaw." He would also become one of the most influential aviators in history and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He would also become remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life. He died of kidney failure at age 70 on April 5, 1976.

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