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December 25 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 25. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 333
    Roman Emperor Constantine the Great elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of Caesar.
  • 336
    First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.
  • 350
    Vetranio meets Constantius II at Naissus (Serbia) and is forced to abdicate his title (Caesar). Constantius allows him to live as a private citizen on a state pension.
  • 496
    Clovis I, king of the Franks, is baptized into the Catholic faith at Reims, by Saint Remigius.
  • 597
    Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow-labourers baptise in Kent more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.
  • 800
    The Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
  • 1000
    The foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary: Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
  • 1025
    Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert as king of Poland.
  • 1066
    William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 1076
    Coronation of Bolesław II the Generous as king of Poland.
  • 1100
    Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity.
  • 1130
    Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first king of Sicily.
  • 1261
    John IV Laskaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos.
  • 1492
    Carrack Santa María captained by Christopher Columbus runs onto reefs off Haiti due to a proper watch not being kept. Local natives help to save food, armory and ammunition but not the ship.
  • 1553
    Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1559
    Pope Pius IV is elected.
  • 1643
    Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean found and named by Captain William Mynors of the English East India Company vessel, the Royal Mary.
  • 1776
    George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River at night to attack Hessian forces serving Great Britain at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day.
  • 1809
    Dr. Ephraim McDowell performs the first ovariotomy, removing a 22-pound tumor.
  • 1814
    Rev. Samuel Marsden holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.
  • 1815
    The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.
  • 1826
    The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.
  • 1837
    Second Seminole War: American general Zachary Taylor leads 1100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.
  • 1868
    United States President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.
  • 1914
    A series of unofficial truces occur across the Western Front to celebrate Christmas.
  • 1926
    Emperor Taishō of Japan dies. His son, Prince Hirohito, succeeds him as Emperor Shōwa.
  • 1927
    The Vietnamese Nationalist Party is founded.
  • 1932
    A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills 275 people.
  • 1941
    Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

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