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December 24, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 24 December

On the 24th of December –

‘Stille Nacht’ is performed for the first time; Thomas Murner is born; Vasco da Gama dies.

The Christmas Eve classic ‘Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht’ by Franz Gruber is performed for the first time in 1818. The audio clip below is not quite that old, but it is from Lotte Lehmann, so quite old…
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

German author Thomas Murner is born in Oberehnheim (Obernai) in 1475. Not a very freindly person, a ‘virulent satirist’ especially against the proponents of the Reformation.
Murner, Thomas
Europeana has quite a few of his books in full text:
Dreizehn Aenneadische Bücher

Vasco da Gama, first Portuguese to reach India by sea, dies in 1524.
Vasco da Gama
Homage to Dom Vasco da Gama on the anniversary of the four centenary of the discovery of a new route to India...

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