25 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Jesus Christ (trad.), 4 BC
  • Sir Isaac Newton, 1642
  • Pope Pius VI, 1717
  • Clara Barton, 1821
  • Maurice Utrillo, 1883
  • Kid Ory, 1886
  • Conrad Hilton, 1887
  • Dame Rebecca West, 1892
  • Robert Ripley, 1893
  • Lord Lew Grade, 1906
  • Clark Clifford, 1906
  • Cab Calloway, 1907
  • Quentin Crisp, 1908
  • Tony Martin, 1913
  • Anwar Sadat, 1918
  • Rod Serling, 1924
  • Ismail Merchant, 1936
  • Jimmy Buffett, 1946
  • Larry Csonka, 1946
  • Barbara Mandrell, 1948
  • Sissy Spacek, 1949
  • Annie Lennox, 1954

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Peter Nolasco, 1249
  • Empress Elizabeth of Russia, 1761
  • Linus Yale, 1868
  • Karel Capek, 1938
  • W. C. Fields, 1946
  • Charles Chaplin, 1977
  • Joan Blondell, 1979
  • Joan Miró, 1983
  • Billy Martin killed, 1989
  • Nicolae Ceausescu executed, 1989
  • Dean Martin, 1995
  • Birgit Nilsson, 2005
  • James Brown, 2006
  • Eartha Kitt, 2008
  • George Michael, 2016

Today's Events:

  • AD 337 - Celebration of Christmas takes permanent hold in Western world; Rome officializes Christianity.
  • AD 800 - Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor of West by Pope Leo III in Rome.
  • 1066 - Coronation of William the Conqueror in Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 1497 - Natal discovered by Vasco da Gama.
  • 1745 - Treaty of Dresden between Prussia and Austria lets Prussia keep Silesia.
  • 1758 - Sixteen years after Edmund Halley's death, his prediction of return of Halley's Comet proved true.
  • 1855 - Ice hockey first played in North America at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1917 - 'Why Marry?' by Jesse Lynch Williams, first play to win Pulitzer prize, opens.
  • 1932 - King George V of Britain delivers first royal Christmas broadcast; chair collapsed under his weight.
  • 1937 - NBC symphony orchestra premieres with first radio broadcast under conductor Arturo Toscanini.
  • 1941 - Hong Kong surrenders to Japanese. WWII
  • 1957 - Queen Elizabeth II delivers first royal Christmas message on television.
  • 1974 - Cyclone hits Darwin, Australia.
  • 2000 - Deadliest nightclub fire in history kills 309 in Luoyang, China.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Anastasia
  • Eugenia

Holiday:

  • CHRISTMAS DAY
  • Constitution Day in Republic of China/Taiwan
  • Taisho Tenno-Sai (Anniversary of Death of Emperor Taisho) in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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