Today in History - December 24th. 1818 - Silent Night

Silent Night is a popular Christmas Carol composed (in German) in 1818 by
Franz Xaver Gruber.

Franz Xaver Gruber
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Its first performance was in Oberndorf bei Salzburg (Austria).

Lyrics of Silent Night in German: Stille Nacht
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The first English Silent Night was in 1859.


In 1914 French, English and German troops sung Silent Night during the
Christmas Truce (World War I). It was the only song they all knew.
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