Samantha Bradbeer, archivist and historian, Hallmark
On Christmas Eve 1914, thousands of British, French, and German troops along the Western Front of World War I initiated an unofficial cease-fire known as the Christmas Truce. Men from both sides entered no-man’s-land to sing carols, exchange cards and presents, enjoy games, and share cigarettes, treats, and whiskey. Though the truce was short-lived, it stands as a remarkable example of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.
J. J. Harrison, illustrator, A Die Hard Christmas
On Christmas Eve 1968, millions tuned in to watch the crew members of Apollo 8 as they became the first humans to orbit the moon, venturing farther into the known universe than any explorers before them.
Rian Johnson, writer and director, Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi
On Valentine’s Day 1876, Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent application for the telephone. Bell was later sued for patent fraud, and the whole affair is tainted by a fascinating story of alleged intellectual thievery. But hey, why ruin the romance?
Rebecca Fraser, author, The Mayflower
The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, which began on August 24, 1572, saw the slaughter of Huguenots in Paris after the marriage of the Protestant Henri de Navarre to Charles IX’s sister Marguerite, a Catholic. Orchestrated by Catherine de’ Medici, the event began a new phase in the French Wars of Religion.