"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.
1927: Author Mary Higgins Clark, the writer of more than 40 best-selling suspense novels, including her debut in the genre, 1975's "Where Are The Children," is born in The Bronx, N.Y.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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