ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Christmas was celebrated on December 25th.for the first time.
England adopted the Julian calendar
Pope Leo III crowned Charles the Great of the Franks, Charlemagne, Roman emperor.
Boleslaw I Chrobry was crowned as the first king of Poland.
Boudouin I of Boulogne was crowned king of Jerusalem
Christopher Columbus' ship the Santa Maria docked in what was to become the Dominican Republic.
The city of Natal was founded in Brazil.
The Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine of five shillings for anyone who observed the day of Christmas.
Floods ravaged the Dutch coastal provinces and many thousands were killed.
The Astronomer Anders Celsius introduced the Centigrade temperature scale.
Farmer and amateur astronomer Johann George Palitzsch was the first to sight
Halley's Comet on its first predicted return.
George Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised and defeated 1,400 Hessians.
Louisiana and Arkansas were the first states to observe Christmas as holiday.
The United States forces defeated the Seminole Indians at the Battle of Okeechobee.
Despite bitter opposition United States President Andrew Johnson granted unconditional pardons to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion.
The Ezo Republic was founded in Hokkaido by Shogunate rebels.
John Philip Sousa wrote "Stars & Stripes Forever".
The Boers launched a surprise attack against the British forces in the Orange-Free state at the Battle at Tweefontein.
Just after midnight on Christmas morning the unofficial "Christmas Truce" began, German troops ceased firing their guns and artillery and then started singing Christmas carols. Later in the day men from both sides left their trenches and met in No man's land where they traded gifts with the enemy. The truce lasted for three days.
Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan, succeeding the Taisho Emperor.
An earthquake measuring 7.6 struck Gansu in China killing
While King George V was delivering his Christmas dinner speech his chair collapsed.
The great American film director, George Cukor, announced that Vivien Leigh would play Scarlett O'Hara in the epic Gone with the Wind.
Charles Dickens' story of redemption "A Christmas Carol was read on radio for the first time. It was broadcast on CBS radio.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was introduced by Montgomery Ward stores to become the 9th reindeer.
Japan announced the surrender of the British-Canadian garrison in Hong Kong to the forces of Japan.
The Constitution of the Republic of China went into effect.
The Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, was stolen from Westminster Abbey and smuggled back to Scotland.
An Avalanche of lava killed 150 people after the volcano Ruapehu erupted in New Zealand.
The Worst hotel fire in history killed 163 people at the Taeyokale Hotel in the South Korean capital Seoul.
Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin, Australia causing unprecedented damage.
Takeo Fukuda became the Japanese premier.
The Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin met in Egypt with the President of Egypt Anwar Sadat
Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigned as president of the Soviet Union and the Union was formally dissolved the next day.
The Cassini orbiter launched the Huygens probe towards titan, Saturn's moon.