December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining for the year. For our Christian friends, Merry Christmas!

  1. 274 - Roman Emperor Aurelian has a temple dedicated to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun.
  2. 800 - Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
  3. 1066 - Coronation of William the Conqueror as king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
  4. 1223 - St. Francis of Assisi assembles the first Nativity scene.
  5. 1261 - John IV Lascaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaeologus.
  6. 1599 - The city of Natal, Brazil is founded.
  7. 1643 - Christmas Island founded and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company vessel, the Royal Mary.
  8. 1776 - George Washington and his army cross the Delaware River to attack the Kingdom of Great Britain's Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey.
  9. 1818 - The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
  10. 1837 - Battle of Okeechobee: United States forces defeat Seminole Indians.
  11. 1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.
  12. 1868 - Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaido.
  13. 1914 - World War I: Known as the Christmas truce, German and British troops on the Western Front temporarily cease fire.
  14. 1917 - Why Marry?, first dramatic play to win a Pulitzer Prize, opens at the Astor Theatre in New York City.
  15. 1926 - Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan, succeeding the Taisho Emperor.
  16. 1932 - A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills ~70,000 people.
  17. 1939 - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is read on the radio for the first time (CBS radio).
  18. 1939 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is introduced by Montgomery Ward stores.
  19. 1941 - World War II: Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong.
  20. 1947 - The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.
  21. 1971 - In the longest game in NFL history (82m40s), the Miami Dolphins defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
  22. 1973 - The ARPANET crashes when a programming bug causes all ARPANET traffic to be routed through the server at Harvard University, causing the server to freeze.
  23. 1974 - Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.
  24. 1974 - Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
  25. 1977 - Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt Anwar Sadat.
  26. 1987 - In one of the highest-rated episodes in Coronation Street history, Hilda Ogden leaves her home of 23 years to be a char to her doctor in the country.
  27. 1989 - Nicolae Ceausescu, former communist dictator of Romania, and his wife Elena are condemned to death and executed under a wide range of charges.
  28. 1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day).
  29. 2003 - The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
  30. 2004 - Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon, Titan on January 14, 2005.
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