Christmas Day, celebrated yearly on December 25, has had important things happening in the past, a great reflection for the season’s holiday.
Christmas Day events of the past that are considered significant are highlighted in this list of remembrance.
December 25, 800 A.D. - Charlemagne was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo III. From 768 he was the King of the Franks and from 800 until his death in 814, he was Emperor of the Romans. His domain extended the Frankish kingdom incorporating the empire of Central and Western Europe.
December 25, 1066 - William the Conqueror was crowned king of England. He was known as William I of England and William II of Normandy. He was the first Norman King of England.
Christmas Eve, 1814 – The United States of America (U.S.) and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland signed the Treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812. The treaty significantly restored relations between the two nations of US and UK.
Christmas Eve, 1968 – Apollo 8 spaceship of U.S.’s NASA became the first manned mission to reach and orbit the Moon. It was the first human spaceflight to leave the Earth’s orbit and the first crewed voyage to return from another celestial body, that is the Earth’s Moon. The three astronauts – Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr., and William Anders – went around it 10 times over the course of 20 hours during which time the three astonauts made a Christmas Eve televised broadcast in which they poignantly read the first 10 verses of the Bible’s first book, Genesis Chapter 1, the book of creation.
December 25, 1938 – David O. Selznick asked Vivian Leigh to play Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, an all-time bestseller film with the length of about 226 minutes, almost 4 hours. It was first published in May 1936 based on the book by Margaret Mitchell that won the Pulitzer Prize the following year, 1937. The story is set in the U.S. state of Georgia during the American Civil War followed by Reconstruction. The heroine is Scarlet O’Hara, daughter of a rich plantation owner.
Wonderful Christmas in history to remember.
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