Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/December 24

This is a list of selected December 24 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

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Christmas Eve (Gregorian calendar) unreferenced section
1294Boniface VIII began his papacy, replacing St. Celestine V, who had declared that it was permissible for a Pope to resign, and then promptly did so. refimprove section
1777 – An expedition led by English explorer James Cook reached Christmas Island, the largest coral atoll in the world. refimprove
1871Aida, one of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular operas, made its debut in Cairo, Egypt. POTD for 2019
1968 – Astronaut William Anders of the NASA Apollo 8 mission, the first manned voyage to orbit the Moon, took the famous photograph known as "Earthrise", showing the Earth rising above the lunar surface. unreferenced section
1974Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Australia, eventually destroying more than 70% of the city. refimprove section
1979Ariane 1, the first launch vehicle to be developed by the European Space Agency, had its first launch. no orbital elements, unreferenced section
1980 – Witnesses reported the first of several sightings of unexplained lights in the sky near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, an incident called "Britain's Roswell". multiple issues
Jeff Sessions (b. 1946) · outdated

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December 24

The advertisement that spurred the creation of NORAD Tracks Santa
The advertisement that spurred the creation of NORAD Tracks Santa

Gongsun Shu (d. 36) · Johnny Gruelle (b. 1880) · Maria Koepcke (d. 1971)

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