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Events and Birthdays on 24 December

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Events on this day, 24 December

The son of an unnamed Cabinet minister is arrested on suspicion of selling drugs.

North Sea oil production is dealt another blow months after the Piper Alpha disaster.

The first European-built rocket, Ariane 1, successfully blasts off into space.

Former UK minister John Stonehouse has been found in Australia after apparently faking his own death.

The Apollo 8 spacecraft and its crew of three astronauts become the first manned space mission to orbit the Moon.

More than 1,000 men taken prisoner at the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba return to the United States in time for Christmas.

Birthdays on this day, 24 December

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