On this day in history 24 December

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1999: Opening of St Peter's Holy Door by Pope John Paul II in approach of 3rd millennium.

1990: Expos trade Tim Raines to White Sox for Ivan Calderon & Barry Jones.

1992: US President George H. W. Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger for Iran-contra affair.

1969: Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals.

1996: Ballon d'Or: Borussia Dortmund's German sweeper Matthias Sammer is named best football player in Europe ahead of PSV.

2001: "Time Magazine" names New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani 'Person of the Year', for leadership after 9/11 attacks.

1985: Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time.

1989: Panama's dictator, Manual Noriega, seeks asylum at Vatican embassy.

1990: Saddam Hussein says Israel will be Iraq's 1st target.

1974: Former US astronaut John Glenn join the Senate for Ohio.

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