December 25 | Facts
First Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus.
William the Conqueror was crowned King of England.
George Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.
President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.
Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
British film actor, director, and producer Charlie Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88.
Former Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife were executed.
President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned following the disintegration of the Soviet Union.