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795 Pope Hadrian
800 Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
Duke William of Normandy, aka
"William the Conqueror," was crowned
King of England.
1223 St. Francis
of Assisi assembled the first Nativity scene, at
Samuel de Champlain, French
explorer and founder of Quebec, Canada, died.
Mathematician Isaac Newton was born.
Island was discovered and named by Captain
William Mynors of the East India Ship Company
vessel Royal Mary.
1761 Empress Elizabeth of Russia
George Washington and the Continental Army
crossed the Delaware River.
1821 Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was
James Gadsden, American statesman who negotiated the
Gadsden Purchase, died.
1868 President Andrew
Johnson granted an
unconditional pardon to all persons involved in
the "Southern Rebellion."
1878 Race car driver
and designer Louis-Joseph Chevrolet was born.
1887 Hotel chain
founder Conrad Hilton was born.
1890 Robert L.
Ripley, of Believe It or Not! fame, was
Humphrey Bogart was born.
Clark Clifford, U.S. presidential advisor and
Secretary of Defense, was born.
Singer Cab Calloway was born.
1914 British and
German troops on the battlefields of Europe
observed an unofficial day of truce, going so far
as to exchange gifts and playing an impromptu
Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, was born.
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone,
Author Carlos Castaneda was born.
Japanese Emperor Yoshihito died.
The NBC Radio Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini, debuted.
Politician Newton D. Baker died.
Karel Capek died.
Ward introduced Rudolph as Santa's ninth
Music producer Phil Spector was born.
player Ken Stabler was born.
Jimmy Buffett was born.
1946 Football player Larry
Csonka was born.
1946 Comic actor W.C. Fields
Barbara Mandrell was born.
Sissy Spacek was born.
Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by
Edward I in 1296, was stolen from Westminster
Abbey and smuggled back to Scotland.
Annie Lennox was born.
NORAD headquarters answered its very first
"where's Santa?" call.
Singer Alannah Myles was born.
Actor-director-producer Charlie Chaplin died.
11 deployed a probe that descended to the
surface of Venus.
Martin, five-time manager of the New York
1995 Singer Dean
Denver Pyle died.
James Brown died.
Eartha Kitt died.
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