Illustrator Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born on March 23, 1874, in Montabaur, Rhine Province, German Empire. He was one of the most popular and recognized illustrators of his day – popularizing the images of Baby New Year, Santa Claus, and more.
On December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston completed its first run.
On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time.
On December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on television.
Saint Nicholas of Myra died on December 6, 343. This date has long been celebrated as Saint Nicholas Day or the Fest of Saint Nicholas.
On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.
On November 1, 1966, the US Post Office issued its first Traditional Christmas stamp, picturing the Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling.
On September 25, 1920, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was officially established at a national social welfare organization.