The following events took place on December 25. The list is arranged in chronological order.
Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.
- 333Roman Emperor Constantine the Great elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of Caesar.
- 336First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.
- 350Vetranio 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.
- 496Clovis I, king of the Franks, is baptized into the Catholic faith at Reims, by Saint Remigius.
- 597Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow-labourers baptise in Kent more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.
- 800The Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
- 1000The foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary: Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
- 1025Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert as king of Poland.
- 1066William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
- 1076Coronation of Bolesław II the Generous as king of Poland.
- 1100Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity.
- 1130Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first king of Sicily.
- 1261John IV Laskaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos.
- 1492Carrack 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.
- 1553Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.
- 1559Pope Pius IV is elected.
- 1643Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean found and named by Captain William Mynors of the English East India Company vessel, the Royal Mary.
- 1776George 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.
- 1809Dr. Ephraim McDowell performs the first ovariotomy, removing a 22-pound tumor.
- 1814Rev. Samuel Marsden holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.
- 1815The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.
- 1826The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.
- 1837Second Seminole War: American general Zachary Taylor leads 1100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.
- 1868United States President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.
- 1914A series of unofficial truces occur across the Western Front to celebrate Christmas.
- 1926Emperor Taishō of Japan dies. His son, Prince Hirohito, succeeds him as Emperor Shōwa.
- 1927The Vietnamese Nationalist Party is founded.
- 1932A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills 275 people.
- 1941Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
- 1941World War II: Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
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