The Hagia Sophia was rededicated in 562, after having been severely damaged in an earthquake, necessitating massive restoration. Kiritimati (Christmas Island) was discovered by James Cook in 1777. The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 in 1814. Cyclone Tracy devastated the city of Darwin, Australia, in 1974, leaving 71 dead and causing more than a billion dollars* in damage.
Born today: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), Lemmy (1945) and Carol Vorderman (1960).
Apparently, Christmas Eve is the only thing happening today.