On this day in American history in 1979, the Soviet Union once again highlighted ever constant Russian duplicity by continuing to warm up the Cold War by rolling tanks into Afghanistan under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978. Also, on this day in America in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit up the first national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. Lastly, on this day in American history 1968, humans went into Lunar orbit for the first time, as the Apollo 8 crew televised a bible reading of the Book of Genesis verses 1-10 which outlines God's creation of the world to mark the historic event.
On this day in Canada in 1781, Freidrich, Baron von Riedesel erects Canada's first Christmas tree, at the garrison in Fort Sorel. Also, on this day in Canadian history in 1906, Canadian Reginald Aubrey Fessenden makes the world's first radio broadcast heard hundreds of miles away from Brant Rock, Massachusetts; during which Fessenden himself performed on violin O Holy Night ending the performance by reading a verse from the bible: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will (Luke 2:14).
Finally, on this day in world history and appropriately enough on Christmas eve, Silent Night or Stille Nacht, as it was originally called, was composed in Austria by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr; and performed for the first time at St. Nicholas parish church in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg. Have a blessed Christmas Eve everyone.
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