Birthdays of Monday, December 24
Author Mary Higgins Clark is 85.
Recording company executive Mike Curb is 68.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is 66.
The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is 55.
Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 55.
Designer Kate Spade is 50.
Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 49.
Actor Diedrich Bader is 46.
Actor Amaury Nolasco is 42.
Singer Ricky Martin is 41.
Author Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) is 39.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is 38.
Rock singer Louis Tomlinson (One Direction) is 21.
On December 24 in
1814 The War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent.
1865 Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tenn., called the Ku Klux Klan.
1906 Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to transmit the human voice (his own) as well as music over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.
1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe as part of Operation Overlord.
1955 The Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., fielded a series of phone calls from children wanting to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus after an ad in a local newspaper mistakenly gave the Center's number; thus began a tradition continued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of tracking Santa's location the night before Christmas.
1968 The Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve telecast.
1992 President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal.
In The Star
Dec. 24, 1937, in The Star: A distinguished panel of local representatives from area civic clubs has announced its decision in numerous categories of Christmas decoration achievement at Anniston homes and businesses. Dr. G. G. Woodruff of 620 Highland Avenue won the grand prize for having the most original decoration while the other grand prize, for outstanding design, went to G. R. Krape of 1801 Lorraine Avenue. For organizational purposes, decorating awards went to homes located east of Noble Street, west of Noble Street, and in the “colored section.” Also this date: When the bells of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels ring out tonight, it will be the 47th time they’ve done so in their existence. The bells were installed in the Anniston church the summer of 1890 and were consecrated on St. Michael’s Day, Sept. 29.
Dec. 24, 1987, in The Star: Area retail merchants are not the only ones profiting from the usual Christmas shopping bonanza. Financial service corporations, such as AVCO, Barclay’s and The Money Tree, to name some local businesses, have also done well. They’re places that make quick loans on amounts less than $5,000 and people are finding they’re viable alternatives to banks. “We’ve had one of our busiest seasons ever,” said Mary Jordan, branch manager of AVCO. Barclay’s American Financial will finance a loan of $5,000 at 14.9 percent interest for 60 months, thus permitting a small monthly payment — for five years.