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December 25th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 28, 2009, 06:46:20 pm »

Friday, December 25th
The 359th day of 2009.
There are 6 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 25, 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on TV to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a Communist superpower that had already gone out of existence. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 25, 1918, Anwar el-Sadat, the Egyptian president who won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a peace treaty with Israel, was born. Following his death on Oct. 6, 1981, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 25, 1866, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Santa Claus and Christmas. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
On this date in:

1066    William the Conqueror was crowned king of England.

1223    St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy.

1776    Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J.

1818    "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.

1821    Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, was born in Oxford, Mass.

1868    President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to everyone involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.

1926    Hirohito became emperor of Japan, succeeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito.

1946    Comedian W.C. Fields died at age 66.

1977    Comedian Charlie Chaplin died at age 88.

1989    Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed.

1989    Former New York Yankees player and manager Billy Martin died at age 61 when the pickup truck he was riding in crashed.

1995    Singer Dean Martin died at age 78.

2002    Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I football game when she attempted an extra point for New Mexico against UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.

2006    Soul singer James Brown died at age 73.

2008    Singer-actress Eartha Kitt died at age 81.

Current Birthdays

Annie Lennox turns 55 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Rock singer Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) turns 55 years old today.

96    Tony Martin

81    Dick Miller

66    Hanna Schygula

65    John Edwards
R&B singer (The Spinners)

64    Gary Sandy
Actor ("WKRP In Cincinnati")

63    Larry Csonka
Football Hall of Famer

61    Barbara Mandrell
Country singer

60    Sissy Spacek

59    Karl Rove
Former White House aide

57    CCH Pounder
Actress ("The Shield")

55    Robin Campbell
Reggae musician (UB40)

55    Steve Wariner
Country singer

52    Shane MacGowan
Singer (The Pogues)

51    Rickey Henderson
Baseball player

51    Christina Romer
President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head Council of Economic Advisers

41    Klea Scott

38    Dido
Rock singer

38    Noel Hogan
Rock musician (The Cranberries)

37    Mac Powell
Rock singer (Third Day)

34    Hideki Okajima
Baseball player

27    Alecia Elliott
Country singer

Historic Birthdays

Anwar el-Sadat

12/25/1918 - 10/6/1981
Egyptian president (1970-81); signed historic peace treaty with Israel
(Go to obit.)

50    Rod Serling
12/25/1924 - 6/28/1975
American television writer and producer

86    Cab Calloway
12/25/1907 - 11/18/1994
American jazz composer, singer and bandleader

57    Humphrey Bogart
12/25/1899 - 1/14/1957
American actor

55    Robert Ripley
12/25/1890 - 5/27/1949
American newspaper cartoonist; founded "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"

91    Conrad Hilton
12/25/1887 - 1/3/1979
American businessman; founded Hilton Hotels chain

42    Franz Rosenzweig
12/25/1886 - 12/10/1929
German-Jewish philosopher

71    Maurice Utrillo
12/25/1883 - 11/5/1955
French painter

62    Louis Chevrolet
12/25/1878 - 6/6/1941
French-born American automobile designer

90    Clara Barton
12/25/1821 - 4/12/1912
Founder of the American Red Cross

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