December 16 – Jingle Bells
“Jingle Bells” was the first song broadcast from outer space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra. While in space on December 16, 1965, they sent this report to Mission Control:
”We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit….I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit….”
The astronauts then produced a smuggled harmonica and sleighbells and broadcast a rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The harmonica, shown to the press upon their return, was a Hohner “Little Lady”, a tiny harmonica approximately one inch long, by 3/8 of an inch wide.