December 25th Events

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December 25th, 2004 (December 25 2004)EventCassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
December 25th, 2003 (December 25 2003)EventThe ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
December 25th, 1991 (December 25 1991)EventMikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day). Ukraine s referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the Soviet Union.
December 25th, 1990 (December 25 1990)EventThe first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.
December 25th, 1989 (December 25 1989)EventNicolae Ceausescu, former communist dictator of Romania, and his wife Elena are condemned to death and executed under a wide range of charges.
December 25th, 1979 (December 25 1979)EventThe Soviet Union airlifts forces into Afghanistan to begin its costly occupation.
December 25th, 1977 (December 25 1977)EventPrime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt Anwar Sadat.Menachem Begin Quotes
December 25th, 1974 (December 25 1974)EventCyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.
December 25th, 1974 (December 25 1974)EventMarshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
December 25th, 1973 (December 25 1973)EventThe ARPANET crashes when a programming bug causes all ARPANET traffic to be routed through the server at Harvard University, causing the server to freeze.
December 25th, 1968 (December 25 1968)EventApollo program: Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
December 25th, 1968 (December 25 1968)Event42 Dalits are burned alive in Kilavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, India, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit labourers.
December 25th, 1965 (December 25 1965)EventThe Yemeni Nasserite Unionist People s Organisation is founded in Taiz
December 25th, 1963 (December 25 1963)EventTurkish Cypriot Bayrak Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots were forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.
December 25th, 1950 (December 25 1950)EventThe Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.
December 25th, 1947 (December 25 1947)EventThe Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.
December 25th, 1941 (December 25 1941)EventAdmiral Chester W Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
December 25th, 1941 (December 25 1941)EventWorld War II: Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong.
December 25th, 1932 (December 25 1932)EventA magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills ~70,000 people.
December 25th, 1926 (December 25 1926)EventEmperor Taisho of Japan dies. His son, Prince Hirohito succeeds him as Emperor Showa.
December 25th, 1914 (December 25 1914)EventWorld War I: Known as the Christmas truce, German and British troops on the Western Front temporarily cease fire.
December 25th, 1868 (December 25 1868)EventU.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.Andrew Johnson Quotes
December 25th, 1837 (December 25 1837)EventBattle of Lake Okeechobee: United States forces defeat Seminole Native Americans.
December 25th, 1818 (December 25 1818)EventThe first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
December 25th, 1776 (December 25 1776)EventGeorge Washington and his army cross the Delaware River to attack the Kingdom of Great Britain s Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey.George Washington Quotes
December 25th, 1643 (December 25 1643)EventChristmas Island founded and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company vessel, the Royal Mary.
December 25th, 1599 (December 25 1599)EventThe city of Natal, Brazil is founded.
December 25th, 1553 (December 25 1553)EventBattle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeats the Spanish conquistadors and exetutes the governor of Chile Pedro de Valdivia.
December 25th, 1261 (December 25 1261)EventJohn IV Lascaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaeologus.
December 25th, 1223 (December 25 1223)EventSt. Francis of Assisi assembles the first Nativity scene. Francis of Assisi Quotes
December 25th, 1130 (December 25 1130)EventRoger II of Sicily is crowned as the first King of Sicily
December 25th, 1100 (December 25 1100)EventBaldwin of Boulogne is crowned as the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity
December 25th, 1066 (December 25 1066)EventCoronation of William the Conqueror as king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.William King Quotes
December 25th, 1000 (December 25 1000)EventThe foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary: Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.Stephen King Quotes
December 25th, 0800 (December 25 0800)EventCoronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. Charlemagne Quotes
December 25th, 0274 (December 25 0274)EventRoman Emperor Aurelian dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the winter solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun.

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