On Christmas Eve, Poison ended up at the top of the charts and a fire destroyed the Jefferson Library. What else happened in history today?
1515: Thomas Wolsey Becomes Chancellor of England
After the resignation of William Warham, Henry VIII of England made Thomas Wolsey Chancellor of England. It looked like his life was on the up, but it wouldn’t be long before he made plenty of enemies in Henry’s court, including Henry VIII himself. Wolsey would hold the title for just over a decade, when he would be stripped of his titles and arrested for treason. Sir Thomas More would be given the title after him.
1814: Treaty of Ghent Is Signed
The War of 1812 between the Americans and the British came to an official end on this day in history. The Treaty of Ghent was signed in Ghent, Belgium, between the two countries. It was a war that was half-heartedly fought by the British, as the war against France’s Napoleon was far more important. Those in American didn’t hear about the news of the treaty for a further two weeks, and the Battle of New Orleans unnecessarily took place in January 1815.
1851: Thomas Jefferson’s Literary Collection Destroyed
On December 24, a fire spread through the library of Congress, destroying the majority of the personal literary collection of Thomas Jefferson. He had sold his collection after the burning of the Congressional Library in 1814 by the British. A total of $23,950 was spent on the collection, helping to pay off some of the debts he had accumulated during his lifetime.
1865: The KKK Officially Founded
On this day in history, the Ku Klux Klan was officially founded in Pulaski, Tennessee. The Confederate veterans formed a secret society, which quickly grew into a paramilitary force attempting to overturn the governments progressions made centuries earlier. There were numerous unsuccessful attempts to disband the KKK until 1882, when it was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. There have been two revivals since, one of those being as recent as the 1960s.
1953: Train Swept Away by Volcanic Eruption
A New Zealand train was swept away in a flood caused by the eruption of Mount Ruapehu. More than 150 people were killed in the unlikely disaster. The volcano sat on a lake and glacier, and the eruption was only minor. However, it released lake waters, which barreled down the mountain towards Waiouri. The water hit a bridge, just before a train crossed. Many bodies were never recovered after the train plunged into the water below.
1988: Poison Makes It to Number 1
Poison topped the Billboard Hot 100 on this day in 1988 with Every Rose Has Its Thorn. It was the only number one hit from the band, often dubbed as a glam metal or hair metal band. Many still view the song as a follow-on from Bon Jovi’s success with Wanted Dead Or Alive, due to the guitar ballad style.
Famous Birthdays on December 24
King John of England—1166
American medial pioneer Benjamin Rush—1745
Frontiersman Kit Carons–1809
Actress Ava Gardner—1922
Brothel madam Cynthia Payne–1932
Empire director Lee Daniels–1959
Singer Ricky Martin—1971
Twilight author Stephanie Meyer—1973
American Idol TV host Ryan Seacrest—1974
Race car driver David Ragen–1985
Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori–1986
One Directioner Louis Tomlinson–1991
Featured image from Deposit Photos
Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and OnThisDay.com
Image of Thomas Jefferson in the public domain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson#/media/File:Official_Presidential_portrait_of_Thomas_Jefferson_(by_Rembrandt_Peale,_1800).jpg)
Image of the KKK’s Nathan Bedford Forrest in the public domain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan#/media/File:NathanBedfordForrest.jpg)
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