24/12/1818 The first known Christmas carol is performed
Story Behind The Song: Silent Night
The Story of Silent Night
Story of Silent Night
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The song was first performed on Christmas Eve at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village in the Austrian Empire on the Salzach river in present-day Austria. A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had written the lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" at Mariapfarr, the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region.