12/25/2018 12:01:00 AM Today In History - December 25
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
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:
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
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