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December 25: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 25

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.

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

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 Happened On December 25 In History?


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


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

Source NASA

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.

This film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, was directed by Robert Mulligan. 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.


The return of Halley’s Comet was sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch.

OTD in 1758: The return of Halley's Comet was sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch.

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 were 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.

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