Albania, Libya, NorKs

On this day: December 24
Library of Congress burns (1851)

Albania becomes a people's republic (1924)

Libya becomes independent from Italy; Idris I is proclaimed King (1951)

The crew of the USS Pueblo is released by North Korea after being held for 11 months on suspicion of spying (1968)

President Barack Obama and family arrive in Oahu, Hawaii for an unusually brief 10-day holiday vacation (2009)

b: Howard Hughes (1905), I. F. Stone (1907); d: Vasco da Gama (1524), Johns Hopkins (1873), John Muir (1914)

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