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