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In A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of
Christmas on December 25th took place in Rome.
On this date:
In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king
In 1223, St. Francis of
Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity
scenes, in Greccio, Italy.
In 1776, General
George Washington and his troops crossed
the Delaware River for a surprise attack against
Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.
"Silent Night" was performed for the
first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in
In 1868, President
Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to
all persons involved in the Southern rebellion
that resulted in the Civil War.
In 1926, Hirohito
became emperor of Japan, suceeding his father,
Emperor Yoshihito. (Hirohito was formally
enthroned almost two years later.)
In 1946, comedian
W.C. Fields died in Pasadena, California, at age
In 1977, comedian
Sir Charles Chaplin died in Switzerland at age
In 1991, Soviet
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television
to announce his resignation.
In 1995, singer
Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills home at age
Ten years ago:
Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and
his wife, Elena, were executed following a
popular uprising. Former baseball manager Billy
Martin died in a traffic accident in Fenton, New
Five years ago: A
Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at a
Jerusalem bus stop, injuring a dozen other
people. Pope John Paul the Second, in his
traditional "Urbi et Orbi" message,
bemoaned "selfishness and violence"
around the world.
One year ago:
British mogul Richard Branson, American (m)
millionaire Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of
Sweden gave up their attempt to make the first
non-stop round-the-world balloon flight seven
days into their journey, ditching off Hawaii.
"Christmas is not a
date. It is a state of mind."
Mary Ellen Chase, American writer (1887-1973).