Life Day 24271: Christmas Eve

December 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Good morning everyone. The holidays today are:

Christmas Eve:

Christmas Eve, by definition, is the evening, or the entire day, before Christmas. It is a time of reflection and anticipation for the biggest holiday in Western culture. Every family has their own individual way of celebrating Christmas Eve. Some use it to visit extended family members and close friends because they will be spending Christmas day with their immediate family. Some attend church. Some gather the family and sing Christmas carols. Others don’t do anything special to celebrate Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve is far more than just the day before Christmas and a time to celebrate with family. It has deep religious meaning to some, mostly in Western cultures. The details are far to extensive to cover in this Blog. For the full explanation, click this link.

National Eggnog Day:

Eggnog is one of the most popular beverages served during the holidays, so it is very appropriate that this occasion is celebrated on Christmas Eve.

The traditional recipe for eggnog is milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices, and sometimes alcohol. The type of alcohol depends on the country where it is made. In Europe, eggnog is traditionally made with white wine. Americans drink it with bourbon or rum while Peruvians use pomace brandy and Germans use beer.

There are a few theories about how eggnog actually got its name. One story claims that eggnog was first called “egg n’ grog,” which was eventually shortened to “eggnog.” According to other sources, the name comes from the Old English word for strong ale, “nog.” This theory suggests that the combination of the words “egg” and “nog” refers to any drink that contains both eggs and strong alcohol.

Regardless of how eggnog got its name, it has been a favorite holiday beverage for centuries.

On this date in:

1814 – The War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.

1818 – Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for “Silent Night” to words written by Josef Mohr.

1851 – A fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroying about 35,000 volumes.

1865 – Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, TN, called the Ku Klux Klan.

1906 – Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, MA.

1914 – In World War I, the first air raid on Britain was made when a German airplane dropped a bomb on the grounds of a rectory in Dover.

1943 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces as part of Operation Overlord.

1944 – A German submarine torpedoed the Belgian transport ship S.S. Leopoldville with 2,235 soldiers aboard. About 800 American soldiers died. The soldiers were crossing the English Channel to be reinforcements at the battle that become known as the Battle of the Bulge.

1948 – For the first time ever, a midnight Mass was broadcast on television. It was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

1948 – The first completely solar-heated house became occupied in Dover, MA.

1951 – Libya achieved independence as the United Kingdom of Libya.

1965 – A meteorite landed on Leicestershire. It weighed about 100lbs.

1966 – Luna 13 landed on the moon.

1967 – Joe Namath (New York Jets) became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards.

1968 – The crew of the U.S. Navy ship, Pueblo, was released by North Korea. The Captain of the Pueblo, Commander Lloyd M. Bucher, and 82 of his crew were held for 11 months after the ship was seized by North Korea because of suspected spying by the Americans.

1968 – Three astronauts, James A. Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman, reached the moon. They orbited the moon 10 times before coming back to Earth. Seven months later man first landed on the moon.

1979 – Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in support of the country’s Marxist government.

1981 – Reggie Jackson announced that he would join Gene Autry’s California Angels for the 1982 season.

1985 – Fidel Castro, the Cuban president, announced that he was a non-smoker.

1989 – Ousted Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega took refuge at the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Panama City.

1992 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.

1997 – Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as “Carlos the Jackal,” was sentenced by a French court to life in prison for the 1975 murders of two French investigators and a Lebanese national.

1998 – At Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, a tourist was hit by a piece of flying metal while waiting to board a ride. The man’s wife and a Disneyland employee were also injured. Luan Phi Dawson died December 26th from his injuries.

1999 – An Indian Airplines plane was seized during a flight from Katmandu, Nepal, to New Delhi. In Afghanistan, the 150 hostages were freed on December 31 after India released three Kashmir militants from prison.

2000 – 36 minutes after the end of a game, both the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were called back to the playing field. The teams had to play the final 3 seconds of the game which the Dolphins had won 27-24. The end result did not change.

2000 – The “Texas 7,” seven convicts that had escaped a Texas prison, robbed a sports store in Irving, TX. The suspects killed Officer Aubrey Hawkins, stole $70,000, 25 weapons and clothing. The men had escaped on December 13.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Benjamin Rush 1745 – First “Treasurer of the U.S. Mint”.

Kit Carson 1809 – Frontiersman.

James Joule 1818 – Physicist.

Matthew Arnold 1822 – Poet, critic.

Harry Warren 1893 – Composer, lyricist.

Howard Hughes 1905 – Reclusive entrepreneur, aviator, philanthropist.

I.F. Stone 1907 – Journalist, author.

Ralph Marterie 1914 – Band leader.

Dave Bartholomew 1920 – Band leader, composer.

Ava Gardner 1922 – Actress.

Lee Dorsey 1924 – Singer.

Carol Haney 1924 – Actress, dancer.

Robert Joffrey 1930 – Dancer, choreographer.

Ray Bryant 1931 – Jazz pianist.

Jill Bennett 1931 – Actress.

Mike Curb 1944 – Musician, record company executive, politician.

Nicholas Meyer 1945 – Producer, director, screenwriter.

Lemmy Kilmister 1945 – Musician. (Motorhead)

Jan Akkerman 1946 – Guitarist.

Sharon Farrell 1946 – Actress.

Clarence Gilyard 1955 – Actor, college professor, author.

Stephanie Hodge 1956 – Actress, comedienne.

Ian Burden 1957 – Musician. (Human League)

Mary Ramsey 1963 – Musician. (10,000 Maniacs)

Diedrich Bader 1966 – Actor.

Ricky Martin 1971 – Singer, actor.




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