By On This Day in NYC's History

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY

On December 24, 1931: The first Christmas tree went up at Rockefeller Center. Workers who were constructing Rockefeller Center decorated the 20 foot balsam fir with strings of cranberries, garland, and tin cans.

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JETTING OUT OF JFK

On December 24, 1963: Idlewild Airport in Queens was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in honor of the late president, one month after his assassination.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: NEIL TURBIN

On December 24, 1963: Thrash medal vocalist known for being the first lead vocalist for Anthrax, Neil Turbin was born in Brooklyn.

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