December 24

This Day in History

1968

Astronauts Orbit Moon

The United States space capsule Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, enters lunar orbit. During the Apollo's ten orbits of the moon, television images and spectacular photos were taken of … (more...)

1826

Eggnog Riot

"Late on this day in 1826, a group of drunken cadets at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York reaped havoc that lasted deep into Christmas morning. Breaking the Academy … (more...)

562

Hagia Sophia Is Dedicated… Again

"On this day in 562, the magnificent architectural site, the Hagia Sophia, was dedicated for a second time after being destroyed by earthquakes. Alternately used as a church, a Roman Catholic … (more...)