About December 25

December 25, 2024 is the 360th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 6 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 35 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 25

  • 1100
    Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity.
  • 1553
    Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1599
    The city of Natal, Brazil is founded.
  • 1776
    George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River to attack the Kingdom of Great Britain’s Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • 1826
    The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.
  • 1868
    U.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.
  • 1926
    Emperor Taishō of Japan dies. His son, Prince Hirohito succeeds him as Emperor Shōwa.
  • 1932
    A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills 275 people.
  • 1941
    Admiral Émile Muselier seizes the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which become the first part of France to be liberated by the Free French Forces.
  • 1941
    Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • 1946
    The first in Europe artificial, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is initiated within Soviet nuclear reactor F-1.
  • 1947
    The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.
  • 1950
    The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.
  • 1963
    Turkish Cypriot Bayrak Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots are forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 1968
    Apollo program: Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
  • 1974
    Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
  • 1977
    Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt Anwar Sadat.
  • 1990
    The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.
  • 2003
    The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
  • 2004
    Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

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