Welcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every day between now and Christmas, we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.
The first performance of the holiday song, “Silent Night” happened on December 24, 1818 in the St. Nicholas Church near Salzburg, Austria. The origins of the song are very humble and lovely. According to the “Stille Nacht” history, Joseph Mohr, the assistant priest at St. Nicholas, asked Franz Gruber, who was the organist, “to write a fitting melody for 2 solo voices together with choir and for accompaniment by guitar.” Some historians believe the song was written simply because the organ was not working that week.
Watch Nidarosdomens Guttekor from Norway perform “Stille Nacht”:
Giusseppe Verdi’s Aida premiered in Cairo on December 24, 1871. The performance took place at the newly built Khedivial Opera House, which was the first opera house created in Africa. Aida was commissioned by the Prime Minister of Egypt to coincide with the opening of the Suez Canal.
There are many birthdays in the entertainment world today. Stephenie Meyer, Ryan Seacrest, Ricky Martin … me! Read more about celebrity holiday birthdays here.
Come back tomorrow for a complete look at our December Entertainment Advent. It’s been a wonderful month!
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