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December 25 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 25, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0001 - 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
0337 - Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
0352 - 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
0390 - Roman emperor Theodosius admits debt on mass murder in Thessalonica
0498 - French king Clovis baptises himself
0597 - England adopts Julian calendar
0604 - Battle at Etampes (Stampae): Burgundy beat Neustriers
0795 - Adrian I dies, ending his reign as Catholic Pope
0800 - Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman emperor
0820 - Leo V, the Armenian, Byzantine gen/Emperor (813-20), murdered
0875 - Charles, the Bare, crowned emperor of Rome
0967 - John XIII crowned Otto II the Red German compassionate emperor
0969 - Johannes I Tzimisces, crowned emperor of Byzantium
0979 - Rotardus appointed as bishop of the kingdom
0999 - Heribertus becomes bishop of Cologne
1000 - Monarch Istv n crowned king of Hungary
1046 - Pope Clemens VI crowns Henry III RC-German emperor
1048 - Parliament of Worms: Emperor Henry III names his cousin Count Bruno van Egisheim/Dagsburg as Pope Leo IX
1066 - William the Conqueror, crowned king of England
1100 - Boudouin I of Boulogne crowned king of Jerusalem
1101 - Henry I of Limburg becomes duke of Neth-Lutherans
1121 - Norbertus van Xanten finds order of the Norbertijnen
1130 - Anti-pope Anacletus II crowns Roger II the Norman, king of Sicily
1223 - St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)
1492 - Columbus' ship Santa Maria docks at Dominican Republic
1522 - Turkish troops occupy Rhodos
1530 - Babur, emperor of Delhi, dies
1582 - Zealand/Brabant adopts Gregorian calendar, yesterday was Dec 14th
1613 - Johan Sigismund of Brandenburg becomes protestant
1621 - Governor William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas
1640 - Pierre de Fermat writes to Marin Mersenne about Fermat's church thesis
1641 - Emperor Ferdinand III makes appointments with Sweden & France
1651 - Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine (five shillings) for "observing any such day as Christmas"
1683 - English Whig-leader duke of Monmouth flees to Holland
1688 - English king James II lands in Ambleteuse, France
1688 - Lord Delamere sides with King James II
1717 - Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, 1000s killed
1741 - Astronomer Anders Celcius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
1745 - Prussia/Austria signs Treaty of Dresden
1745 - Treaty of Dresden gives much of Silesia to the Prussians
1758 - Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch during return
1760 - Juptier Hammon, NY slave, publishes poetry in "An Evening Throught"
1775 - Pope Pius VI encyclical on the problems of the pontificate
1776 - Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians
1818 - 1st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night") sung (Austria)
1831 - Louisiana & Arkansas are 1st states to observe Christmas as holiday
1837 - Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians
1843 - 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)
1848 - New Haven Railroad opens
1862 - 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina
1868 - Despite bitter opposition, President A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
1875 - Lambs Club in NY forms
1888 - 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
1894 - 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, U of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, CA in football
1896 - "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa
1899 - Farmers send/guide belegerd Ladysmith Kerstpudding/desire in grenade
1901 - Battle at Tweefontein Orange-Free state: Boers surprise attack Brits
1908 - Jack Johnson KO Tommy Burns & becomes 1st black heavyweight champ
1914 - Legendary/unofficial "Christmas Truce" takes place (Brits & Germans)
1922 - -Dec 26] Lenin dictates his "Political testament"
1926 - Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan (1926-1989)
1930 - Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens; first in US open to public
1931 - NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
1932 - During King George V Christmas dinner speech, his chair collapses
1933 - Belgian Working people's party accept Henry de Mans Plan of Labor
1936 - Belgian bishops condemn fascism & communism
1938 - George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara
1939 - Grimmett & Ward rip through Qld except Bill Brown (156)
1939 - Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer
1941 - Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
1941 - Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan
1942 - Admiral Dalans murderer of Bosinier de la Chapelle, sentenced to death
1942 - British Colonel S W Bailey reaches Mihailovics headquarter
1942 - Russian artillery/tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad
1946 - Constitution accepted in Taiwan
1947 - Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)
1950 - Cleve Browns beat LA Rams 30-28 in NFL championship game
1950 - Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart
1950 - Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
1953 - Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)
1955 - Cleveland Browns win NFL championship
1955 - Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music
1957 - Ed Gein found innocent by reason of insanity for murders
1958 - Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
1959 - A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas
1959 - Richard Starkey receives his first drum set
1959 - Sony brings transistor TV 8-301 to the market
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1963 - Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
1964 - "Goldfinger" premieres in US
1964 - George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
1967 - Paul McCartney & Jane Asher get engaged
1968 - Frank Borman's Christmas reading while orbiting moon
1969 - 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
1969 - India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91
1971 - Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
1971 - Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) form Jesse Jackson
1971 - Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul
1972 - England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Test Cricket at Delhi
1973 - Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)
1974 - Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin Australia
1976 - Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
1976 - Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
1977 - Charlie Chaplin, actor (Modern Times), dies in Switzerland at 88
1977 - Israeli PM Menachem Begin meets Egyptian Pres Sadat in Egypt
1979 - USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
1982 - Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran rips through Indians
1983 - 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade
1984 - NBA's Bernard King scores 60 points
1987 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who escaped 2 days earlier, recaptured
1989 - Japanese scientist achieve -271.8�C, coldest temp ever recorded
1990 - "Godfather III" premieres
1991 - Last day of a washout Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigned as president of USSR
1995 - Dean Martin, singer/actor (Return to Me), dies at 78
1996 - Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6
1997 - For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion
1997 - Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season of his TV show

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