1. In 1858, the town of Denver was founded on December 24 by a group of prospectors during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush.
2. On December 24, 1873, the Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) was established in Fort Collins, becoming the state's first land-grant institution.
3. In 1901, the first-ever recorded White Christmas occurred in Denver on December 24, with 4.9 inches of snowfall.
4. December 24, 1942, marked the end of a tragic event called the "German POW Christmas Riot" at a U.S. Army prison camp near Greeley. The incident resulted in six German prisoners of war being shot and killed by guards.
5. The largest recorded wildfire in Colorado history, the Hayman Fire, was declared contained on December 24, 2002, after burning over 138,000 acres of forest land.
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