24 December 1925: birth of Innes Lloyd, producer of Doctor Who from The Celestial Toymaker (1966) to The Enemy of the World (1967-68).
24 December 1941: birth of John Levene, who played Benton in various UNIT stories from 1968 to 1975.
ii) broadcast anniversaries
24 December 1966: broadcast of second episode of The Highlanders. Polly and Kirsty capture Ffinch; the Doctor tricks solicitor Grey; but Ben, Jamie and the Laird are trapped on the slave ship.
24 December 2006: broadcast of Combat (Torchwood), the one with the fighting Weevils which was written by Noel "Mickey Smith" Clarke.
iii) dates specified in canon
All of the Christmas specials actually begin on the 24th:
24-25 December 1851: setting of The Next Doctor (2008).
24 December 1869: setting of The Unquiet Dead (2005).
24-25 December 1968: setting of much of the action of Mark Gatiss' 1992 novel Nightshade.
24-25 December 2006 (?): setting of The Christmas Invasion (2005).
24 December 2007 (?): setting of The Runaway Bride (2006).
24-25 December 2008 (?): setting of Voyage of the Damned (2007).
24-26 December 2009 (?): setting of The End of Time (2009-10).