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Today In History - December 25

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Today in History in the year 1 the first Christmas occurred according to calendar maker Dionysus Exiguus; in 352 was the first definite date Christmas was celebrated; and in 1223 St. Francis of Assisi assembled the first Nativity scene in Greccio, Italy.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1 - 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
  • 274 - Roman Emperor Aurelian dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the winter solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun.
  • 337 - Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec. 25th
  • 352 - 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec. 25th
  • 1223 - St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)
  • 1492 - Columbus' ship Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola
  • 1741 - Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
  • 1758 - Return of Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch
  • 1776 - Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians
  • 1896 - "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa
  • 1950 - Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
  • 1962 - "To Kill a Mockingbird", the film adaptation on the novel by Harper Lee, starring Gregory Peck, is released
  • 1963 - Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • 1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1642 - Isaac Newton, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England, physicist, mathematician; astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), (d.1727)
  • 1821 - Clara Barton, Oxford Mass, nurse/founder (American Red Cross), (d. 1912)
  • 1887 - Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • 1899 - Humphrey Bogart, actor, Here's looking at you, kid (Casablanca), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 - Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1924 - Rod Serling, Syracuse NY, writer/host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery)
  • 1948 - Barbara Mandrell, Houston Texas, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters)
  • 1949 - Sissy Spacek, Quitman Tx (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter)
  • 1954 - Annie Lennox, Aberdeen Scotld, vocalist (Eurythmics-Sweet Dreams, Why)
  • 1954 - Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)
  • 1958 - Rickey Henderson, MLB outfielder (stolen base king, A's, Yanks), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • 1871 - Inventor Thomas Edison (24) marries 1st wife Mary Stilwell (16)
  • 1871 - Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day
  • 1949 - British born actor "Notorious" Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)
  • 1950 - Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart
  • 1997 - Actress Rue McClanahan (64) weds actor-producer Morrow Wilson (58) at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria
  • 1999 - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (45) marries PR executive Jessica Sklar (28)
  • 2012 - Marie Osmond's daughter Rachael Osmond (23) weds Gabriel Krueger (22) in Park City, Utah
  • 2012 - "Arrow" actor Stephen Amell (31) weds America's Next Top Model Cassandra Jean (27) in the Caribbean

Famous Divorces

  • 1945 - Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1635 - Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of Quebec City, dies of a stroke at 61
  • 1878 - Anna Claypoole Peale, US painter of miniatures, dies
  • 1946 - W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • 1977 - Charlie Chaplin, actor/comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88
  • 1979 - Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1989 - Billy Martin, NY Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61
  • 1996 - Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • 2006 - James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply the Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

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