December 24th, 1524
Vasco da Gama dies. He was a Portuguese explorer, the fist to sail directly from Europe to India.
December 24th, 1818
Franz Gruber , an Austrian composer, composes the famous Silent Night.
December 24th, 1886
Michael Curtiz is born. He was a Hungarian – American director mostly known from Casablanca. He has also directed The White Christmas, The Adventures of Robin Hood etc.
December 24th, 1935
Alban Berg dies. He was an Austrian composer known for his works Lulu and Wozzeck.
December 24th, 1960
The great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis composes music for one of the most significant works of Odysseas Elytis ” Axion Esti” .
December 24th, 1975
Bernard Herrmann dies. He was an American composers who has collaborated with Hitchcock in many of his films, like Psycho, The Man who knew too much , North by Northwest and Vertigo.