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DECEMBER 25

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1835 Gilbert Motier Woodward (Washington D.C.-born Member of the U.S. Congress from Wisconsin) Washington, D.C. Poltical and Social Leaders Wisconsin Poltical and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wiscconsin State Historical Society
1866 John Slaton (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Poltical and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1897 Stella Akin (First Woman Admitted to the Georgia Bar) Georgia Poltical and Social Leaders Law and Legal Resources University of Georgia
1918 Anwar Sadat (President of Egypt; Nobel Laureate for Peace) Anwar Sadat 1978 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1950 Karl Rove (Colorado-born Advisor to President George W. Bush) Colorado Political and Social Leaders President George W. Bush Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1989 Nicolae Ceausescu (Ousted Romanian President Executed with His Wife) Romanian Political and Social Leaders The Cold War Capital Punishment BBC
1992 Helen Beatrice May Joseph (South African Political and Human Rights Activist) South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid Human Rights/Civil Rights South African History
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1066 William the Conqueror Is Crowned King of England William the Conqueror English Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy New York Times
1241 Mongol Forces Capture Budapest, Hungary Hungary Asian History
1482 England's King Edward IV Entertains 2,000 to a Special Christmas Feast English Political and Social Leaders Edward IV Christmas Greenwich Guide
1539 In Florida, Priests with Hernando de Soto's Expedition Conduct the First Christmas Service in North America Hernando de Soto Florida Christmas Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1773 The East India Company Ship Polly Loaded with Tea from England Is Turned Back at Philadelphia England Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Naval History Taxes American Revolution State of Delaware
1776 General Washington's 5,400 Troops Cross the Delaware River to Surprise Hessian Forces Celebrating Christmas in Trenton, New Jersey Trenton, New Jersey George Washington Naval Military History American Revolution History Channel
1846 U.S. Troops Defeat the Mexicans at Brazitos Near Las Cruces, in the Only Mexican War Battle Fought in New Mexico. New Mexico Mexican-American War New Mexico Magazine
1861 President Lincoln and His Cabinet Meet for 4 Hours to Consider a Solution to the Trent Affair Great Britain President Abraham Lincoln The Trent Affair Lincoln Logs
President Lincoln Hosts a Large Gathering for Christmas Dinner, Including Family and Friends From Illinois and Kentucky Kentucky Illinois President Abraham Lincoln The White House Christmas Lincoln Logs
1868 President Andrew Johnson Grants an Unconditional Pardon for Everyone Involved in the Southern Rebellion That Resulted in the Civil War President Andrew Johnson The American Presidency Law & Legal Resources American Civil War University of Georgia
1914 Troops from Both Sides Emerge from Their Trenches for a Christmas Truce Christmas World War I History Channel
1917 45 Mexicans Cross the Border Capturing and Looting the Luke Brite Ranch, Killing 3 People Mexico Texas Death Texas State Historical Society
1926 Hirohito Becomes Emperor of Japan, Succeeding His Father, Emperor Yoshihito Japanese Political and Social Leaders Asian History
1936 China's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (Jiang Jieshi) Is Released After Being Kidnapped 12 Days Earlier Chiang Kai-shek Asian History
1941 The British Garrison in Hong Kong Surrenders to the Japanese After a 17-Day Siege Hong Kong Great Britain Japan World War II History Channel Asian History
1952 Queen Elizabeth II Makes Her First Christmas Speech to the British People Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Historic Firsts BBC
1956 In Birmingham, Alabama, the Home of Minister and Civil Rights Leader Fred Shuttlesworth Is Bombed Birmingham, Alabama Racism Civil Rights, Human Rights Religion Terrorism African-American Heritage Alabama State Archive
1989 Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and His Wife, Elena, Are Executed Romanian Political and Social Leaders The Cold War Capital Punishment BBC
1991 Mikhail Gorbachev Announces He Is Resigning as President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev The Cold War History Channel New York Times BBC

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