Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for Silent Night to words written by Josef Mohr.
Film director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) born in Budapest, Hungary.
Poet Langston Hughes born in Joplin, Missouri.
Collage artist Joseph Cornell born in Nyack, New York.
Aviator Howard Hughes born in Humble, Texas.
Film star Ava Gardner born in Brogden, North Carolina.
The first V-1 buzz bomb flew from Peenemonde, Germany.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days