Friday, December 24, 2010

Today in US History

December 24...

1814  The United States and Britain sign a treaty in Ghent, Belguim, ending the War of 1812.

1906  Inventor Reginald Fessenden broadcasts the first radio entertainment program from Brant Rock, Massachusetts: a Bible reading and violin solo of "O Holy Night."

1923  President Coolidge presides over the first electric lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the White House grounds.

1946  A candlelight service at Grace Episcopal Church in New York City becomes the first religious service televised from a church.

1968  The Apollo 8 astronauts read from the book of Genesis while orbiting the moon.


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