What Happened on December 25

Significant Events

  • 1 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
  • 800 Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman Emperor
  • 1066 Duke William of Normandy ('William the Conqueror) crowned King of England
  • 1741 Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
  • 1868 Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech
More Historical Events

December 25 in Film & TV

  • 1962 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

December 25 in Music

December 25 in Sport

  • 1862 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina

Did You Know?

Legendary "Christmas Truce" takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football

On December 25, 1914

Would You Believe?

Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded

On December 25, 1989

Famous Weddings

  • 1871 Inventor Thomas Edison (24) marries 1st wife Mary Stilwell (16)
  • 1871 Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day
  • 1949 British actor Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)
  • 1950 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart
  • 1997 Actress Rue McClanahan (64) weds actor-producer Morrow Wilson (58) at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria

Famous Divorces

  • 1945 Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage
More Weddings & Divorces