"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.
1990: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (seen here in 1995) get married in Telluride, Colorado. The marriage would last for just over a decade, with the couple's spokeswoman announcing their separation in February 2001.
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