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December 25th History

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"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.' " - Luke, chapter two

Laugh a Little

Merry Christmas, Nearly Everybody!
- - - Ogden Nash

"Christmas is the one time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ."
- Bart Simpson "The Simpsons" 1989

December 25th In Pop Culture History

December 25, 3018 T.A. The Company of the Ring left Rivendell, The Lord of the Rings, Books

0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) - Jesus was born.

350 - Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

800 - Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.

1066 - William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, was crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.

1643 - Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, was found and named by English Captain William Mynors.

1776 - George Washington led a successful raid on the Hessian/British troops in Trenton, NJ. There are reports that the usually stoic future president made a request of the big-boned General Harry Knox: "shift that fat ass Harry, but slowly, or you'll swamp the damned boat."

1809 - The first US ovariotomy (the surgical removal of an ovarian tumor) was performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell, in Danville, KY.

1815 - The Handel and Haydn Society gave its first performance in Boston, MA.

1868 - US President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers and officers.

1914 - German and British soldiers stopped firing late Christmas Eve, and started singing Christmas Carols. In the morning, they exited their trenches and walked towards the side of thier enemies shouting 'Merry Christmas.' Both sides stopped fighting, played football (soccer) and even exchanged token gifts.

1941 - Bing Crosby premiered White Christmas on his weekly radio show.

1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird, a film based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Harper Lee, opened in theaters.

1965 - #1 Hit December 25, 1965 - December 31, 1966: The Dave Clark Five - Over and Over

1971 - #1 Hit December 25, 1971 - January 14, 1972: Melanie - Brand New Key

1987 - Good Morning, Vietnam debuted in theaters.

1989 - Nicolae Ceaucescu, the last dictator of Romania, together with his wife, was executed by firing squad after a two-hour trial.

1990 - The Godfather Part III was released in theaters.

1992 - Chaplin and Hoffa were released in theaters.

1993 - #1 Hit December 25, 1993 - January 21, 1994: Mariah Carey - Hero

1993 - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Grumpy Old Men were released in theaters.

1996 - JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in her home.

1998 - Mighty Joe Young was released in theaters.

1999 - Galaxy Quest and The Talented Mr. Ripley were released in theaters.

2001 - Kate and Leopold and Ali debuted in theaters.

2003 - Cheaper by the Dozen debuted in theaters.

2007 - Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem and The Bucket List debuted in theaters.

2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Marley & Me, Valkyrie and Bedtime Stories debuted in theaters.

2009 - Sherlock Holmes and It's Complicated were released in theaters.

2011 - War Horse was released in theaters.

2012 - Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Parental Guidance were released in theaters.

2013 - Lone Survivor, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Grudge Match and 47 Ronin were released in theaters.

2014 - The Interveiw, Selma, Unbroken, Into the Woods and American Sniper were released in theaters.

... a man who thinks he's George Washington has been seeing a psychiatrist.
He finishes up one session by telling him, "Tomorrow, we'll cross the Delaware and surprise them when they least expect it." As soon as he's gone, the psychiatrist picks up the phone and says, "King George, this is Benedict Arnold. I have the plans!"

December 25th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Jesus (0, or minus 4)
Issac Newton (1642, d.1727)
Clara Barton (1821, d.1912)
Eugenie Besserer (1868)
Evelyn Nesbit (1884, d.1967)
Kid Ory (1886 d.1973)
Conrad Hilton (1887)
John Davidson (1887)
Robert Ripley (1890, d.1949)
Earle Foxe (1891)
Bert Bertram (1893)
Fred Hillebrand (1893)
Frank Fergusson (1899)
Humphrey Bogart (1899, d.1957)
Barton Maclane (1900)
J. Edward Bromberg (1903)
Lew Grade (1906)
Cab Calloway (1907, d.1994)
Glen McCarthy (1907, d.1988)
Mike Mazurki (1907, d.1990)
Helen Twelvetrees (1908)
Marguerite Churchill (1909)
David Lichine (1910)
Burne Hogarth (1911)
Leighton Noble (1912)
Tony Martin (1913, d.2012)
Nora Dunfee (1915)
Noele Gordon (1919, d.1985)
Kitty Kallen (1922)
Rod Serling (1924, d.1975)
Billy Horton (1929)
Chris Kenner (1929)
Irish McCalla (1929)
Stuart Hall (1929)
John Ashley (1934)
McKinley Mitchell (1934)
Ismael Merchant (1936, d.2005)
O'Kelly Isley (1937)
Bob James (1939)
Peter Brown (1940)
Phil Spector (1940)
Don Pullen (1941)
Henry Vestine (1944)
Rick Berman (1944)
Kenny Everett (1944)
Gary Sandy (1945)
Noel Redding (1945)
Steve Mancha (1945)
Jimmy Buffett (1946)
Barbara Mandrell (1948)
Merry Clayton (1948)
Sissy Spacek (1949)
Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira (1949)
J oe Louis Walker (1949)
Karl Rove (1950)
CCH Pounder (1952)
Annie Lennox (1954)
Robin Campbell (1954)
Steve Wariner (1954)
Claus Strigel (1955)
William Andrews (1955)
Alannah Myles (1955)
Jillie Mack (1957)
Shane McGowan (1957)
Ron Bottitta (1960)
Dean Cameron (1962)
Darren Wharton (1962)
Peter Hanson (1964)
Sandy Corn (1966)
Helena Christensen (1968)
Noel Hogan (1971)
Dido Kensington (1971)
Rob Mariano (1975)
Fantasia (1972)
Josh Freese (1972)
Armin Van Buuren (1976)
Jim Greco (1977)
Bridgetta Tomarchio (1978)
Laura Sadler (1980, d.2003)
Katie Wright (1981)
Shystie (1982)
Chris Rene (1982)
Georgia Moffett (1984)
Jessica Origliasso (1984)
Lisa Origliasson (1984)
Leon Pisani (1985)
Perdita Weeks (1985)
ISAAC NEWTON'S THIRD LAW: Whenever one body exerts force upon a second body, the second body exerts an equal and opposite force upon the first body. (Newton's First Law)
PARKINSON'S LAW II: Expenditure rises to meet income.
SEGAL'S LAW: A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call 'The Twilight Zone.'"
- Rod Serling
"If the phone doesn't ring,  it's me."
- Jimmy Buffett


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