Lost and Found – December 24th Edition

What to remember about December 24th…

  • 1814  War of 1812 ends when representatives of Britain and America sign treaty in Belgium; hostilities continue for months due to slow travelling news
  • 1851  Fire spreads quickly through Library of Congress; two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson’s personal literary collection is lost
  • 1865  Confederate war veterans found Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee; Republican militias form soon after to combat KKK violence against blacks
  • 1923  President Coolidge presses a button and lights 1st national Christmas tree
  • 1943  General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed Supreme Allied Commander
  • 1979  Soviet Union invades Afghanistan with almost 10,000 troops to “protect” Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978
  • 1997  International terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (aka The Jackal) is sentenced by French court to life in prison

1923 cooligde 1st christmas tree

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