Sunday, December 25, 2016
History for December 25 - On-This-Day.com
Sir Isaac Newton 1642 (O.S.) - Physicist, mathematician, Clara Barton 1821, Humphrey Bogart 1899
Anwar Sadat (Egypt) 1918, Rod Serling 1924, Jimmy Buffett 1946 - Singer
0800 - Charlemagne was crowned first Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Leo III.
1776 - Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, NJ.
1818 - "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
1914 - During World War I, British and German troops observed an unofficial truce and even playing football together on the Western Front.
1926 - Hirohito became the emperor of Japan after the death of his father Emperor Taisho.
1989 - Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising.
1989 - Dissident playwright Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as leader of a Communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.