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The complete guide for learning what happened on a specific date, fun and crazy facts, holidays and speial events that heppend on any day.

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what-happened-on gives you almost all the interesting facts there is to know about any date from the day you were born until today!
Interesting facts, strange holidays and event that you could never have imagined exist.
Look for your birthday page or your loved ones birthday page and you'll be surprise the things you'll find there.
Instead of wasting your free time what-happened-on will wait for you with some awesome facts and fun things to learn each and every day.
Feel free to even leave a comment on your favorites days or just say congrats to your loved ones on their birthday wall.


Eggnog (or egg nog) is a sweet, dairy drink with cream, milk and often rum, brandy or whisky. Eggnog is popular in the US and Canada, though less so in Europe...

History Facts:

24-12-1524 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama dies in Cochin India
24-12-1582 Vasco daGama Day
24-12-1814 Treaty of Ghent signed ending War of 1812 (This news did not arrive until after Battle of New Orleans)
24-12-1818 Silent Night composed by Franz Gruber sung next day
24-12-1851 Fire devastates Library of Congress in Wash destroys 35 000 volumes
24-12-1865 Several Confederate veterans form the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski Tn
24-12-1871 Giuseppe Verdi's `Aida' premiere in Cairo at Suez canal opening
24-12-1906 1st radio program broadcast in Brant Rock Mass
24-12-1906 Reginald A. Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio
24-12-1910 Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250 000 people at Lotta's Fountain
24-12-1920 Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance
24-12-1936 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered Berkeley Ca
24-12-1943 FDR appoints Gen Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces
24-12-1951 Libya gains independence from Italy
24-12-1966 Luna 13 lands on moon
24-12-1968 Apollo 8 astronauts read Old Testament Book of Genesis passages
24-12-1970 Walt Disney's "The Aristocats" is released
24-12-1980 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds

Famous Birthdays:

24-12-1745 Benjamin Rush, American physician, patriot, humanitarian
24-12-1809 Kit Carson, Western scout
24-12-1818 James Prescott Joule, physicist, discovered conservation of energy
24-12-1822 Matthew Arnold, English poet (Dover Beach)
24-12-1868 Emanuel Lasker, of Germany, world chess champion (1894-21)
24-12-1881 Juan Ramon Jimenez, Spanish poet (Distant Gardens) (Nobel 1956)
24-12-1905 Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire
24-12-1907 I.F. Stone, American journalist, told it like it was
24-12-1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington)
24-12-1922 Ava Gardner, Actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana)
24-12-1930 Robert Joffrey, Choreographer
24-12-1959 Madonna, rock singer, Actress (Desperately Seeking Susan)