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December 25: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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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 fun & interesting facts about December 25th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on December 25 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2021

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched from the Guiana Space Center.

Jointly developed by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, the telescope is the most advanced infrared telescope ever built. The first image captured by the telescope was released on July 11, 2022.

2013

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

2004

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

1991

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.

1989

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.

1967

Paul McCartney and actress Jane Asher announced their engagement.

1962

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.

1917

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.

1776

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

1758

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

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

1621

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

1492

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.

1066

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.

336 AD

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

Famous Births

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

1971

Justin Trudeau

Canadian

Politician

Justin Trudeau

Age:

51 years old

Born In:

Ontario, Canada

1995

Hailie Jade

American

Influencer

Hailie Jade

Age:

27 years old

Born In:

Michigan, USA

1971

Dido

English

Singer

Dido

Age:

51 years old

Born In:

England, UK

1976

Armin van Buuren

Dutch

DJ

Armin van Buuren

Age:

46 years old

Born In:

Leiden, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, December 25th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1933

2006

James Brown

American

Singer

James Brown

1933

2006

James Brown

James Brown was an American singer born on May 3, 1933. He died on this day in 2006, at age 73 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Died On:

Dec 25, 2006 (Age 73)

Died In:

Georgia, USA

1963

2016

George Michael

British

Singer

George Michael

1963

2016

George Michael

George Michael was a British singer born on June 25, 1963. He died on this day in 2016, at age 53 in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

Died On:

Dec 25, 2016 (Age 53)

Died In:

England, UK

1889

1977

Charlie Chaplin

English

Comic Actor

Charlie Chaplin

1889

1977

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin was an English comic actor born on April 16, 1889. He died on this day in 1977, at age 88 in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

Died On:

Dec 25, 1977 (Age 88)

Died In:

Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland

Special Holidays

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
United States

National Pumpkin Pie Day

Thanksgiving may have passed quite some time ago, but that doesn’t mean the humble pumpkin pie doesn’t still deserve some love. So celebrate this sweet yet savory dessert today by serving it up along with all your other Christmas favorites.

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

A’phabet Day or No “L” Day

We all giggled when we first heard The First Noël and thought the words were “No L, no L.” A’phabet Day takes this play on words one step further and brings it into everyday life. So whenever you speak today, skip the letter L and see how many people catch on!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

The world record for the longest human chain (holding hands) is 652.4 miles, and it consisted of 5 million people in Bangladesh as part of a campaign.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

A baby conceived on Christmas Day, 2023, will likely be born around September 17, 2024.

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