Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 24, 2007
ese government announces that the country's 240-year-old monarchy
will be abolished in 2008
and a new republic
will be declared.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Iran's state radio reported ed a statement by airport officials, saying that pilot carelessness caused a plane carrying Ukrainian and Russian aerospace scientists to crash in central Iran, killing all 46 people on board.
Sunday, December 24, 2000
Wednesday, December 24, 1997
Tuesday, December 24, 1991
Russian SFSR President Boris Yeltsin sends a letter to UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, stating that Russia should be a successor to collapsing Soviet Union within the United Nations Organization.
resigns as president of the Soviet Union, from which most republics have already seceded, anticipating the dissolution of the 74-year-old state.
Monday, December 24, 1990
Tuesday, December 24, 1985
The Solntsevskaya Bratva
is formed in communist Ukraine
in response to the uprising in Afghanistan presumably predicting the fall of the Soviet Union which would become the largest faction of the Russian Mafia
Right wing extremist David Lewis Rice murders civil rights attorney Charles Goldmark as well as Goldmark's wife and 2 children in Seattle. Rice suspected the family of being Jewish and Communist and claimed his dedication to the Christian Identity movement drove him to the crime.
The Famine in Ethiopia continues USA for Africa (We Are the World) and Live Aid raise funds for famine relief.
is first used in a criminal case.
has a population growth of 3.2 percent per year.
, the space age real estate game, is first published by Golden.
The Australian state of Victoria celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Multiple cases of espionage in the United States prompt the media to label this The Year of the Spy.
The computer game Tetris
Friday, December 24, 1982
The Christmas Eve Blizzard of '82 hits Denver.
Tuesday, December 24, 1974
Sunday, December 24, 1972
Swedish Prime minister Olof Palme compares the American bombings of North Vietnam to Nazi massacres. The U.S. breaks diplomatic contact with Sweden.
Tuesday, December 24, 1968
Monday, December 24, 1962
An unexpected storm buries Maine under five feet of snow, forcing the Bangor Daily News
to miss a publication date for the only time in history. The same day, also the Netherlands are covered with several feet of snow.
Cuba releases the last 1,113 participants in the Bay of Pigs Invasion to the U.S., in exchange for food worth $53 million.
United Nations troops occupy the last rebel positions in Katanga Moise Tshombe moves to South Rhodesia.
Wednesday, December 24, 1958
Friday, December 24, 1954
Vietnam splits into two nations with the North being communist and the South being capitalist.
gains full independence from France.
Thursday, December 24, 1953
Sunday, December 24, 1950
Tuesday, December 24, 1946
Friday, December 24, 1943
Thursday, December 24, 1942
French Admiral Darlan, the former Vichy leader who had switched over to the Allies following the Torch landings, is assassinated in Algiers.
Wednesday, December 24, 1941
Dutch submarine HNLMS K XVI
is the first Allied ship to sink a Japanese warship, sinking the destroyer "Sagiri
" near Sarawak
K XVI is herself torpedoed the following day by Japanese submarine I 66
Tuesday, December 24, 1940
Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a fireside chat to the nation, declares that the United States must become the great arsenal of democracy.
WWII: Second Great Fire of London ndash Luftwaffe carries out a massive incendiary bombing raid, starting 1,500 fires. Many famous buildings, including the Guildhall and Trinity House, are either damaged or destroyed.
, Indian spiritual non-violence leader writes his second letter to Adolf Hitler
addressing him My friend, requesting him to stop the war Germany had begun.
Thursday, December 24, 1936
Release of the film Natalka Poltavka in Ukraine, the first filmed Russian opera.
Monday, December 24, 1934
Actor Lionel Barrymore begins what will become an annual tradition of the Golden Age of Radio ndash playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in dramatizations of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". Barrymore continues playing Scrooge on radio until shortly before his death in 1954. He will also make a 78-RPM record album of the classic story, which will later be released on LP.
Sunday, December 24, 1933
The Nissan Motor Company is organized in Tokyo, Japan.
Wednesday, December 24, 1930
Thursday, December 24, 1914
British and German soldiers interrupt World War I to celebrate Christmas, beginning the Christmas truce
The first everyday items made of stainless steel come into public circulation.
Fashion and perfumes company Puig
, a powerful narcotic analgesic closely related to morphine is first developed in Germany.
Phi Sigma, a local undergraduate classical club, is founded by a group of students in the Greek Department at the University of Chicago
Wednesday, December 24, 1913
In the Italian Hall Disaster
, seventy-three men, women, and children are trled to death when someone falsely yells fire at a crowded Christmas party.
Tuesday, December 24, 1912
Monday, December 24, 1906
makes the first radio broadcast: a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
Tuesday, December 24, 1895
Kingstown Lifeboat Disaster- 15 lifeboat crew are lost when their lifeboat capsizes while trying to rescue the crew of the SS Palme off Kingstown, now Dún Laoighaire, near Dublin, Ireland.
Sunday, December 24, 1871
Sunday, December 24, 1865
Jonathan Shank and Barry Ownby form the Ku Klux Klan in the American South, to resist Reconstruction and intimidate carpetbaggers and scalawags, as well as to repress the freed slaves.
Wednesday, December 24, 1851
Friday, December 24, 1824
The Egyptians capture Crete
is developed, creating the first volumetric display.
sign the Masang Agreement, temporarily ending hostilities in the Padri War
The First American Fraternity, Chi Phi
(ΧΦ), is founded at Princeton University.
Thursday, December 24, 1818
Besses o' th' Barn brass band is formed in Whitefield, near Manchester.
Saturday, December 24, 1814
War of 1812: The Treaty of Ghent is signed, officially ending the war.
Wednesday, December 24, 1777
The code duello is adopted at the Clonmell Summer Assizes as the form for pistol duels in Ireland. It is quickly denounced but nevertheless widely adopted throughout the English-speaking world.
Tuesday, December 24, 1726
The Gujin tushu jicheng, an immense Chinese encyclopedia, is printed using copper
-based movable type printing
The city of Montevideo
is founded by the Spaniards.
Friday, December 24, 1717
is sentenced to the Bastille
for a year because of his satirical writings.
Montevideo, Uruguay, is founded by the Portuguese.
Spain unites its South American colonies as New Granada.
December 25 ndash A disastrous flood hits the North Sea coast between the Netherlands and Denmark thousands die or lose their houses.
A rift between George I of Great Britain and his son the Prince of Wales leads to the latter being thrown out of the royal household.
Marc Weyl's family settled in America
Tuesday, December 24, 1715
The ancient right to evaluate royal decrees publicly before they are given the force of law by the high court of Paris
) is restored.
The Province of Carolina goes to war with the Yamasee Native Americans.
Saturday, December 24, 1707
Hacienda Juriquilla is built in Queretaro, Mexico.
The first British Governor of Gibraltar, directly appointed by Queen Anne, Roger Elliott, takes up his residence in the Convent of the Franciscan Friars.
December ndash Charles XII of Sweden launches his caign to conquer Russia, marching to the east from Leipzig with 60,000 coalition troops. Another 16,000 soldiers are waiting on the outskirts of Riga, guarding the Swedish supply lines.
Monday, December 24, 1696
William Penn offers an elaborate plan for intercolonial cooperation largely in trade, defense, and criminal matters.
Freedom of the press
is granted by the British government which had already relaxed censorship following the Bill of Rights
. Technically, freedom of the press came about because Parliament decided not to renew its Licensing Act in 1695
. It is from this time that sport is increasingly reported.
The Second Pueblo Revolt occurs.
wipes out almost a third of the population of Finland
and a fifth of the population of Estonia
Monday, December 24, 1601
The Jesuit Matteo Ricci becomes the first European to enter the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, during the Ming Dynasty.
Julian Calendar January 3, 1602 according to the Gregorian Calendar used by the Irish and Spanish forces in the battle) ndash The Battle of Kinsale ends the siege of Kinsale, Ireland (begun in autumn 1601).
Friday, December 14, 1515 (Julianian calendar)
Henry Cornelius Agrippa returns to Northern Italy.
The Manchester Grammar School is founded.
Francis I of France starts to rule.
Friday, December 17, 1294 (Julianian calendar)
John Balliol, King of Scotland, decides to refuse King Edward I of England's demands for support in a planned invasion of France, and instead informs the French of Edward's plans and negotiates the Auld Alliance with France and Norway. These actions play a part in precipitating the Scottish Wars of Independence, which begin in 1296.
The Strata Florida Abbey is rebui it had been destroyed some years earlier in King Edward I of England's conquest of Wales.
England and Portugal enter into the first iteration of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance
, the oldest alliance in the world still in force.
Sunday, December 17, 1144 (Julianian calendar)
The city of Ljubljana
, is first mentioned in historical records.ref name=ArtisDaniel Mallinus, "La Yougoslavie", Éd. Artis-Historia, Brussels, 1988, D/1988/0832/27, p. 37–39.
Monday, December 20, 717 (Julianian calendar)
, the world's second-longest surviving hotel, is established in Japan.
Thursday, December 21, 640 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, December 23, 361 (Julianian calendar)