1946 - W.C.Fields, American writer, actor, and comedian (b. 1880)
1977 - Charlie Chaplin, English actor and comedian (b. 1889)
1989 - Billy Martin, American baseball player and NY Yankee Manager (b. 1928)
1995 - Dean Martin, American singer and actor (The Dean Martin Show) (b. 1917)
2006 - James Brown, American singer, songwriter known as the Godfather of Soul (b. 1933)
2008 - Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby) (b. 1927)
2016 - George Michael, British singer and songwriter (Wham/solo artist) (b. 1963) (This one hurt - George Michael was one of my all time favorites and I've chosen some of his songs for our daily music section several times already: February 7 - his duet with Aretha Franklin - "I Knew You Were Waiting; May 4 - his unplugged version of "Fastlove", and June 2 - Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!")
Famous Weddings and Divorces
1871 - Inventory Thomas Edison marries Mary Stilwell
1945 - Actor John Wayne divorces wife Josephine Saenz
1997 - Actress Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls) marries actor and producer Morrow Wilson
1999 - Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld marries Jessica Skylar
Quote of the Day
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
The Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day for December 25th, is to throw some fresh fruit and vegetables into your Christmas holiday meal. Most people often do not eat as much healthy produce during the winter months, and the traditional holiday meal can be loaded with calories. It's a great help to those who are vegetarians as well. You can find more tips on our Produce Tray page and our Christmas Food page!
This Day in History
1 - First Christmas
336 - First Christmas celebration in Rome
1066 - Duke William of Normandy is crowned King of England
1492 - Christopher Columbus, on his ship Santa Maria runs onto reefs off of Haiti and sinks
1643 - Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean is founded and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company
1776 - George Washington crosses the Delaware River at night and surprises and defeats 1,400 Hessians
1831 - Louisiana and Arkansas are the first US states to observe Christmas as a holiday
1837 - US forces defeat the Seminole Indians at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee
1868 - US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers
1914 - During WWI, on the battlefields between British troops and German troops, there was a truce to celebrate Christmas. It became known as the Christmas Truce.
1932 - A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits Gansu, China and kills 275 people
1939 - Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer
1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor
1983 - The first live telecast of the Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre at Disney World in Florida
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the USSR
This Day in Music
1818 - Silent Night is the first known Christmas carol sung in Austria
1818 - Handel's Messiah premieres in Boston, MA
1896 - The Stars & Stripes Forever is written by John Philip Sousa
1954 - Bing Crosby's White Christmas that was released in 1947 hits the charts in the U.S. It eventually becomes the best selling Christmas song.
1959 - Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set for Christmas.
1960 - James Taylor receives his first guitar for Christmas
1965 - Over and Over by The Dave Clark Five's hits #1
1971 - Brand New Key by Melanie hits #1
1982 - The Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie and Bing Crosby hits #1 in the UK
Above is a version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah that is fitting for Christmas!
This Day in Sports
1862 - 40,000 Union army win watch the 165th New York Infantry vs. NY Regiment All-Star nine baseball game at Hilton Head, South Carolina
1888 - The first indoor baseball game is played at the fairgrounds in Philadelphia
1930 - The first US bobsled run in Lake Placid, NY is open to the public
2008 - Phil Jackson becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. To go from house to house at Christmastime, singing carols
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