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December 25: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 25
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Happy Holidays! December 25th is officially Pumpkin Pie Day and A’phabet Day or No “L” Day.

It’s Christmas Day – so we’re obviously pretty excited already. Christmas falls on the 359th day of the year, and we’re looking forward to starting the new year.

Want to know what happened on this day in history? You’re in the right place! Here you’ll find facts about important events that happened on this day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1962, the film adaption of To Kill a Mockingbird was released? It earned more than six times its budget and won three academy awards.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 25th in history!

What Events Happened On December 25 In History?


The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, was released.


Cassini orbiter released the Huygens probe, which successfully landed on Saturn’s moon Titan.


Mikhail Gorbachev resigned from his position as Prime Minister of the Soviet Union.

OTD in 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned from his position as Prime Minister of the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev had only served as Prime Minister for one year, during which time the Soviet Union rapidly collapsed around him. Gorbachev's resignation signaled the end of the Soviet Union, with the state's Council of the Republics voting to dissolve the union the very next day.

The show trial of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu occurred.

Along with his wife Elena, they were tried on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The trial lasted for just one hour before the couple was found guilty. They were executed by firing squad just a few minutes after the trial ended.

Paul McCartney and actress Jane Asher announced their engagement.


To Kill a Mockingbird film was released.

Robert Mulligan directed this film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee. The film starred Gregory Peck, who went on to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

The play “Why Marry?” opened at the Astor Theatre in New York City.

"Why Marry?" was the first dramatic play to win a Pulitzer Prize.

George Washington crossed Delaware, in which he surprised and defeated 1,400 Hessians.


Johann Georg Palitzsch sighted the return of Halley’s Comet.

OTD in 1758: Johann Georg Palitzsch sighted the return of Halley's Comet.

Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony forbade game playing on Christmas.


The Santa Maria sunk.

OTD in 1492: The Santa Maria sunk.
Christopher Columbus' flagship ran aground and sunk on the north coast of Hispaniola. The crew was left to found a colony while Columbus returned to Spain.

William the Conqueror was crowned king of England at Westminster Abbey, London.

He was Duke of Normandy from 1035. On this day, he became the first Norman monarch of England.

Christmas was celebrated in Rome, marking the first time in recorded history that the holiday was celebrated.

December 25 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on Christmas Day all share the Capricorn zodiac sign.

Capricorn’s can-do attitude often leads to success in pretty much any industry. But, while they’re fantastic leaders, they should also be mindful of their workaholic tendencies.

People born in December have the Blue Topaz birthstone. This gemstone offers prosperity and fortune to the wearer while also protecting them from harm.

Anyone born on Christmas Day would likely have been conceived around April 3 in the same year.

If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with Justin Trudeau. Find out who else was born on December 25th below!

Famous People Born On December 25

Hailie Jade

Hailie Jade

American Influencer
Birthday: December 25, 1995
Age: 26 years old
Born In: Michigan, USA
Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren

Dutch DJ
Birthday: December 25, 1976
Age: 45 years old
Born In: Leiden, Netherlands
Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Canadian Politician
Birthday: December 25, 1971
Age: 50 years old
Born In: Ontario, Canada


English Singer
Birthday: December 25, 1971
Age: 50 years old
Born In: London, United Kingdom

Special Holidays On December 25th

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day

National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 25: A'phabet Day or No “L” Day

A’phabet Day or No “L” Day

Did you know that on this day, December 25th 1962, the film adaption of To Kill a Mockingbird was released?