Saturday, November 26, 2022 (Week 47)

December 25 in History

What happened on December 25 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 25 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 25 in history.

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2006
James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul”, dies at age 73.
1991
Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s first and last executive president, resigns. The Soviet Union no longer exsists.
1979
Egypt begins major restoration of the Sphinx.
1976
Over 100 Muslims, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, die when their boat sinks.
1973
U.S. astronauts onboard the Skylab space station take a seven-hour walk in space and photograph the comet Kohoutek.
1965
Entertainer Chris Noel gives her first performance for the USO at two hospitals in California; became a star on Armed Forces Radio and Television, entertaining troops in Vietnam; in 1984 Veterans Network honored her with a Distinguished Vietnam Veteran award.
1962
The Bay of Pigs captives, upon their return to the United States, vow to return to Cuba and topple Fidel Castro.
1950
Scottish nationalists steal the Stone of Scone from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. The 485 pound stone was recovered in April 1951.
1946
Chiang Kai-shek offers a new Chinese constitution in Nanking pledging universal suffrage.
1944
Prime Minister Winston Churchill goes to Athens to seek an end to the Greek civil war.
1941
Free French troops occupy the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian coast.
1939
Finnish troops enter Soviet territory.
1927
The Mexican congress opens land to foreign investors, reversing the 1917 ban enacted to preserve the domestic economy.
1925
U.S. troops in Nicaragua disarm insurgents in support of the Diaz regime.
1918
A revolt erupts in Berlin.
1914
German and British troops on the Western Front declare an unofficial truce to celebrate Christmas during World War I.
1912
Italy lands troops in Albania to protect its interests during a revolt there.
1862
John Hunt Morgan and his raiders clash with Union forces near Bear Wallow, Kentucky.
1862
President and Mrs. Lincoln visit hospitals in the Washington D.C. area on this Christmas Day.
1861
Stonewall Jackson spends Christmas with his wife; their last together.
1776
Patriot General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops during the American Revolution. Washington hoped to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey.
1651
The General Court of Boston levies a five shilling fine on anyone caught “observing any such day as Christmas.”
1621
The governor of New Plymouth prevents newcomers from playing cards.
1066
William I is crowned king of England.