Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Dec. 24, 1809, le­gendary Amer­i­can fron­tiers­man Christo­pher “Kit” Car­son was born in Madi­son County, Ken­tucky.

In 1814, the United States and Bri­tain signed the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812 fol­low­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion by both the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment and the U.S. Se­nate.

In 1865, sev­eral vet­er­ans of the Con­fed­er­ate Army formed a pri­vate so­cial club in Pu­laski, Ten­nessee, that was the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1914, dur­ing World War I, im­promptu Christmas truces be­gan to take hold along parts of the Western

Front be­tween Bri­tish and Ger­man sol­diers.

In 1943, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt ap­pointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisen­hower supreme com­man­der of Al­lied forces in Europe as part of Oper­a­tion Over­lord.

In 1968, the Apollo 8 as­tro­nauts read pas­sages from the Old Tes­ta­ment Book of Ge­n­e­sis dur­ing a Christmas Eve tele­cast.

In 1980, Amer­i­cans re­mem­bered the U.S. hostages in Iran by burn­ing can­dles or shin­ing lights for 417 sec­onds — one se­cond for each day of cap­tiv­ity.

In 1990, ac­tor Tom Cruise mar­ried co-star Nicole Kid­man in Colorado.

In 1992, Pres­i­dent Bush par­doned former De­fense Sec­re­tary Cas­par Wein­berger and five oth­ers in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal.

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