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- 36 – Forces of Emperor Guangwu of the Eastern Han, under the command of Wu Han, conquer the separatist Chengjia empire, reuniting China.
- 274 – A temple for Sol Invictus is dedicated in Rome by Emperor Aurelian.
- 333 – Roman Emperor Constantine the Great elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of Caesar.
- 336 – First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.
- 350 – Vetranio meets Constantius II at Naissus (Serbia) and is forced to abdicate his title (Caesar). Constantius allows him to live as a private citizen on a state pension.
- 508 – Clovis I, king of the Franks, is baptized into the Catholic faith at Reims, by Saint Remigius.
- 597 – Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow-labourers baptise in Kent more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.
- 800 – The Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
- 1000 – The foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary: Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
- 1013 – Sweyn Forkbeard takes control of the Danelaw and is proclaimed king of England.
- 1025 – Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert as king of Poland.
- 1066 – William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
- 1076 – Coronation of Bolesław II the Generous as king of Poland.
- 1100 – Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
- 1130 – Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first king of Sicily.
- 1261 – Eleven-year-old John IV Laskaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos.
- 1492 – The carrack Santa María, commanded by Christopher Columbus, runs onto a reef off Haiti due to an improper watch.
- 1553 – Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.
- 1559 – Pope Pius IV is elected.
- 1758 – Halley's Comet is sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch, confirming Edmund Halley's prediction of its passage. This was the first passage of a comet predicted ahead of time.
- 1776 – George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River at night to attack Hessian forces serving Great Britain at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day.
- 1809 – Dr. Ephraim McDowell performs the first ovariotomy, removing a 22-pound tumor.
- 1814 – Rev. Samuel Marsden holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.
- 1815 – The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.
- 1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.
- 1831 – The Great Jamaican Slave Revolt begins; up to 20% of the island's slaves mobilize in an ultimately unsuccessful fight for freedom.
- 1837 – Second Seminole War: American general Zachary Taylor leads 1100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.
- 1868 – Pardons for ex-Confederates: United States President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all Confederate veterans.
- 1914 – A series of unofficial truces occur across the Western Front to celebrate Christmas.
- 1932 – A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills 275 people.
- 1941 – Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
- 1941 – World War II: Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
- 1941 – Admiral Émile Muselier seizes the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which become the first part of France to be liberated by the Free French Forces.
- 1946 – The first European self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is initiated within the Soviet Union's F-1 nuclear reactor.
- 1950 – The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.
- 1951 – A bomb explodes at the home of Harry T. Moore and Harriette V. S. Moore, early leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, killing Harry instantly and fatally wounding Harriette.
- 1962 – The Soviet Union conducts its final above-ground nuclear weapon test, in anticipation of the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
- 1963 – Turkish Cypriot Bayrak Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots are forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.
- 1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans-Earth injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
- 1968 – Kilvenmani massacre: Forty-four Dalits (untouchables) are burnt to death in Kizhavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit laborers.
- 1976 – EgyptAir Flight 864 crashes in Bangkok, Thailand, killing all 52 people on board, along with 19 people on the ground.
- 1977 – Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with its president Anwar Sadat.
- 1989 – Romanian Revolution: Deposed President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, Elena, are condemned to death and executed after a summary trial.
- 1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day). Ukraine's referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the Soviet Union.
- 2003 – UTAGE Flight 141, a Boeing 727-223, crashes at the Cotonou Airport in Benin, killing 151 people.
- 2003 – The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, released from the Mars Express spacecraft on December 19, stops transmitting shortly before its scheduled landing.
- 2004 – The Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
- 2012 – An Antonov An-72 plane crashes close to the city of Shymkent, killing 27 people.
- 2016 – A Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 carrying members of the Alexandrov Ensemble crashes into the Black Sea shortly after takeoff, killing all 92 people on board.
- 1250 – John IV Laskaris, Byzantine emperor (d. 1305)
- 1281 – Alice de Lacy, 4th Countess of Lincoln (d. 1348)
- 1400 – John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1487)
- 1424 – Margaret Stewart, Dauphine of France (d. 1445)
- 1461 – Christina of Saxony, Queen consort of Denmark (d. 1521)
- 1490 – Francesco Marinoni, Italian Roman Catholic priest (d. 1562)
- 1493 – Antoinette de Bourbon, French noblewoman (d. 1583)
- 1505 – Christine of Saxony, German noblewoman (d. 1549)
- 1564 – Johannes Buxtorf, German Calvinist theologian (d. 1629)
- 1583 – Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (d. 1625)
- 1584 – Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (d. 1611)
- 1601 – Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha (d. 1675)
- 1628 – Noël Coypel, French painter and educator (d. 1707)
- 1642 (OS) – Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician (d. 1726/1727)
- 1652 – Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician, anatomist, and scholar (d. 1713)
- 1665 – Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish-English poet and songwriter (d. 1746)
- 1674 – Thomas Halyburton, Scottish minister and theologian (d. 1712)
- 1686 – Giovanni Battista Somis, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1763)
- 1700 – Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (d. 1758)
- 1711 – Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, French violinist and composer (d. 1772)
- 1716 – Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician and scholar (d. 1774)
- 1717 – Pope Pius VI (d. 1799)
- 1724 – John Michell, English natural philosopher and clergyman, who predicted Black Holes (d. 1793)
- 1728 – Johann Adam Hiller, German composer and conductor (d. 1804)
- 1730 – Philip Mazzei, Italian-American physician and philosopher (d. 1816)
- 1745 – Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Caribbean-French violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1799)
- 1757 – Benjamin Pierce, American general and politician, 17th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1839)
- 1771 – Dorothy Wordsworth, English author and poet (d. 1855)
- 1776 – Sydney, Lady Morgan, Irish author and poet (d. 1859)
- 1810 – L. L. Langstroth, American apiarist, clergyman and teacher (d. 1895)
- 1821 – Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (d. 1912)
- 1825 – Stephen F. Chadwick, American lawyer and politician, 5th Governor of Oregon (d. 1895)
- 1829 – Patrick Gilmore, Irish-American composer and bandleader (d. 1892)
- 1856 – Pud Galvin, American baseball player and manager (d. 1902)
- 1861 – Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian educator, lawyer, and politician, President of the Indian National Congress (d. 1946)
- 1865 – Evangeline Booth, English 4th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1950)
- 1869 – Charles Finger, English-American journalist and author (d. 1941)
- 1870 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman and philanthropist (d. 1965)
- 1873 – Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-American agriculturalist and educator (d. 1959)
- 1874 – Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano and actress (d. 1944)
- 1875 – Francis Aveling, Canadian psychologist and priest (d. 1941)
- 1875 – Theodor Innitzer, Austrian cardinal (d. 1955)
- 1876 – Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 1st Governor-General of Pakistan (d. 1948)
- 1876 – Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)
- 1878 – Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, co-founded Chevrolet (d. 1941)
- 1878 – Noël, Countess of Rothes, philanthropist, social leader and heroine of Titanic disaster (d. 1956)
- 1878 – Joseph M. Schenck, Russian-American film producer (d. 1961)
- 1883 – Hugo Bergmann, Czech-Israeli philosopher and academic (d. 1975)
- 1883 – Hana Meisel, Belarusian-Israeli agronomist and politician (d. 1972)
- 1884 – Samuel Berger, American boxer (d. 1925)
- 1884 – Evelyn Nesbit, American model and actress (d. 1967)
- 1886 – Malak Hifni Nasif, Egyptian poet and activist (d. 1918)
- 1886 – Kid Ory, American trombonist and bandleader (d. 1973)
- 1887 – Conrad Hilton, American entrepreneur (d. 1979)
- 1889 – Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher and philanthropist, co-founded Reader's Digest (d. 1984)
- 1890 – Noel Odell, English geologist and mountaineer (d. 1987)
- 1890 – Robert Ripley, American anthropologist and publisher (d. 1949)
- 1891 – Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson, Indian-English general and politician, Governor of Gibraltar (d. 1959)
- 1891 – Clarrie Grimmett, New Zealand-Australian cricketer (d. 1980)
- 1899 – Humphrey Bogart, American actor (d. 1957)
- 1901 – Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (d. 2004)
- 1902 – Barton MacLane, American actor, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1969)
- 1902 – William Bell, American tuba player and educator (d. 1971)
- 1903 – Antiochos Evangelatos, Greek composer and conductor (d. 1981)
- 1904 – Gerhard Herzberg, German-Canadian physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
- 1906 – Lew Grade, Baron Grade, Ukrainian-English film producer (d. 1998)
- 1906 – Ernst Ruska, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
- 1907 – Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 1994)
- 1907 – Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-American wrestler and actor (d. 1990)
- 1907 – Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (d. 1988)
- 1908 – Quentin Crisp, English author and illustrator (d. 1999)
- 1908 – Ernest L. Massad, American general (d. 1993)
- 1908 – Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (d. 2001)
- 1909 – Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American engineer (d. 1996)
- 1911 – Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor and painter (d. 2010)
- 1913 – Candy Candido, American singer, bass player, and voice actor (d. 1999)
- 1913 – Tony Martin, American singer (d. 2012)
- 1914 – James Fletcher Jnr, New Zealand businessman (d. 2007)
- 1914 – Oscar Lewis, American anthropologist of Latin America (d. 1970)
- 1915 – Pete Rugolo, Italian-American composer and producer (d. 2011)
- 1916 – Ahmed Ben Bella, Algerian soldier and politician, 1st President of Algeria (d. 2012)
- 1917 – Arseny Mironov, Russian scientist, engineer, pilot, oldest active researcher in aircraft aerodynamics and flight testing
- 1917 – Lincoln Verduga Loor, Ecuadorian journalist and politician (d. 2009)
- 1918 – Anwar Sadat, Egyptian lieutenant and politician, 3rd President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
- 1919 – Naushad Ali, Indian composer and director (d. 2006)
- 1919 – Paul David, Canadian cardiologist and politician, founded the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
- 1921 – Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Indian-Pakistani journalist and author (d. 2000)
- 1921 – Steve Otto, Polish-Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1989)
- 1922 – William Demby, American author (d. 2013)
- 1923 – René Girard, French-American historian, philosopher, and critic (d. 2015)
- 1923 – Louis Lane, American conductor and educator (d. 2016)
- 1924 – Rod Serling, American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (d. 1975)
- 1924 – Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian poet and politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (d. 2018)
- 1925 – Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author (d. 1998)
- 1925 – Ned Garver, American baseball player (d. 2017)
- 1925 – Sam Pollock, Canadian businessman (d. 2007)
- 1926 – Enrique Jorrín, Cuban violinist and composer (d. 1987)
- 1927 – Nellie Fox, American baseball player and coach (d. 1975)
- 1927 – Leo Kubiak, American basketball and baseball player
- 1927 – Ram Narayan, Indian sarangi player
- 1928 – Dick Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- 1929 – Christine M. Jones, American educator and politician (d. 2013)
- 1929 – China Machado, Chinese-born Portuguese-American fashion model, editor and television producer (d. 2016)
- 1930 – Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian-American boxer and coach
- 1930 – Armenak Alachachian, Armenian basketball player and coach (d. 2017)
- 1932 – Mabel King, American actress and singer (d. 1999)
- 1933 – Basil Heatley, English runner
- 1935 – Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician, Prime Minister of Sudan
- 1935 – Stephen Barnett, American scholar and academic (d. 2009)
- 1935 – Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, American educator and politician (d. 2007)
- 1936 – Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
- 1936 – Ismail Merchant, Indian-English director and producer (d. 2005)
- 1937 – O'Kelly Isley Jr., American R&B/soul singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
- 1938 – Duane Armstrong, American painter
- 1938 – Noel Picard, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2017)
- 1939 – Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Pakistani businessman and politician
- 1939 – Bob James, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
- 1939 – Akong Rinpoche, Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader (d. 2013)
- 1940 – Hilary Spurling, English journalist and author
- 1941 – Kenneth Calman, Scottish physician and academic
- 1942 – Françoise Dürr, French tennis player and coach
- 1942 – Barbara Follett, English politician
- 1942 – Barry Goldberg, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
- 1942 – Enrique Morente, Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
- 1943 – Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian race car driver and businessman
- 1943 – Hanna Schygulla, German actress
- 1944 – John Edwards, Singer
- 1944 – Kenny Everett, British comedian and radio and television host (d. 1995)
- 1944 – Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer
- 1944 – Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby player
- 1945 – Rick Berman, American screenwriter and producer
- 1945 – Eve Pollard, English journalist and author
- 1945 – Mike Pringle, Zambian-Scottish lawyer and politician
- 1945 – Noel Redding, English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)
- 1945 – Ken Stabler, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
- 1946 – Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
- 1946 – Larry Csonka, American football player and sportscaster
- 1946 – Christopher Frayling, English author and academic
- 1946 – Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
- 1948 – Kay Hymowitz, American sociologist and writer
- 1948 – Barbara Mandrell, American singer-songwriter and actress
- 1948 – Joel Santana, Brazilian footballer and manager
- 1949 – Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Brazilian singer
- 1949 – Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan
- 1949 – Sissy Spacek, American actress
- 1950 – Peter Boardman, English mountaineer and author (d. 1982)
- 1950 – Karl Rove, American political strategist and activist
- 1950 – Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball player and manager
- 1952 – Tolossa Kotu, Ethiopian runner and coach
- 1952 – CCH Pounder, Guyanese-American actress
- 1953 – Kaarlo Maaninka, Finnish runner
- 1954 – Annie Lennox, Scottish singer-songwriter and pianist
- 1957 – Mansoor Akhtar, Pakistani cricketer
- 1957 – Chris Kamara, English footballer and sportscaster
- 1957 – Shane MacGowan, English-Irish singer-songwriter
- 1958 – Cheryl Chase, American voice actress and singer
- 1958 – Hanford Dixon, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
- 1958 – Rickey Henderson, American baseball player and coach
- 1958 – Konstantin Kinchev, Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1958 – Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
- 1959 – Michael P. Anderson, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)
- 1959 – Ramdas Athawale, Indian poet and politician
- 1961 – Íngrid Betancourt, Colombian political scientist and politician
- 1962 – Francis Dunnery, English musician
- 1964 – Ian Bostridge, English tenor
- 1964 – Gary McAllister, Scottish footballer and manager
- 1964 – Kevin Simms, English rugby player
- 1964 – Bob Stanley, English keyboard player, songwriter, producer, and journalist
- 1965 – Ed Davey, English politician, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
- 1965 – David Rath, Czech physician and politician
- 1966 – Toshi Arai, Japanese race car driver
- 1967 – Jason Thirsk, American bass player (d. 1996)
- 1968 – Helena Christensen, Danish model and actress
- 1968 – Jim Dowd, American ice hockey player
- 1969 – Nicolas Godin, French musician (Air)
- 1969 – Noel Goldthorpe, Australian rugby league player
- 1969 – Frederick Onyancha, Kenyan runner
- 1970 – Emmanuel Amunike, Nigerian footballer and manager
- 1970 – Rodney Dent, American basketball player
- 1971 – Dido, English singer-songwriter
- 1971 – Justin Trudeau, Canadian educator and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada
- 1972 – Mac Powell, American singer-songwriter and producer
- 1972 – Qu Yunxia, Chinese runner
- 1973 – Robbie Elliott, English footballer and coach
- 1973 – Chris Harris, American wrestler
- 1973 – Daisuke Miura, Japanese baseball player and coach
- 1973 – Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist and director
- 1975 – Daniel Mustard, American singer-songwriter
- 1975 – Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player
- 1975 – Choi Sung-yong, South Korean footballer and manager
- 1975 – Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer
- 1976 – Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
- 1976 – Tim James, American basketball player and coach
- 1976 – Atko Väikmeri, Estonian footballer
- 1976 – Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ and record producer
- 1977 – Israel Vázquez, Mexican boxer
- 1977 – Ali Tandoğan, Turkish footballer
- 1978 – Simon Jones, Welsh cricketer
- 1978 – Joel Porter, Australian footballer and manager
- 1978 – Jeremy Strong, American actor
- 1979 – Ferman Akgül, Turkish singer-songwriter
- 1979 – Laurent Bonnart, French footballer
- 1979 – Robert Huff, English race car driver
- 1979 – Hyun Young-min, South Korean footballer
- 1980 – Marcus Trufant, American football player
- 1980 – Laura Sadler, English actress (d. 2003)
- 1981 – Trenesha Biggers, American wrestler and model
- 1981 – Christian Holst, Danish-Faroese footballer
- 1981 – Willy Taveras, Dominican baseball player
- 1982 – Shawn Andrews, American football player
- 1982 – Rob Edwards, Welsh footballer
- 1982 – David Farrier, New Zealand journalist and television presenter
- 1982 – Ethan Kath, Canadian keyboard player, songwriter and producer
- 1982 – Chris Rene, American singer-songwriter and producer
- 1984 – Chris Cahill, Samoan footballer
- 1984 – Alastair Cook, English cricketer
- 1984 – Jessica Origliasso, Australian singer, actress, and fashion designer
- 1984 – Lisa Origliasso, Australian singer, actress, and fashion designer
- 1984 – Chris Richard, American basketball player
- 1985 – Martin Mathathi, Kenyan runner
- 1985 – Rusev, Bulgarian professional wrestler
- 1987 – Ceyhun Gülselam, Turkish footballer
- 1987 – Justin Sweeney, Australian footballer
- 1987 – Demaryius Thomas, American football player
- 1988 – Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer
- 1988 – Heather Cooke, American soccer player
- 1988 – Eric Gordon, American basketball player
- 1988 – Lukas Hinds-Johnson, German rugby player
- 1989 – Djameleddine Benlamri, Algerian footballer
- 1989 – Adrian von Ziegler, Swiss composer and producer
- 1990 – Conny Perrin, Swiss tennis player
- 1990 – Taylor Saghabi, Australia-born Cook Islander football player
- 1992 – Mitakeumi Hisashi, Japanese sumo wrestler
- 1993 – Ariadna Gutiérrez, Colombian Model
- 1996 – Zalnando, Indonesian footballer
- 304 – Saint Anastasia
- 795 – Pope Adrian I (b. 700)
- 936 – Zhang Jingda, general of Later Tang
- 940 – Makan ibn Kaki, Iranian general
- 1147 – Guy II, Count of Ponthieu (b. c. 1120)
- 1156 – Peter the Venerable, French abbot and saint (b. 1092)
- 1156 – Sverker the Elder, king of Sweden
- 1294 – Mestwin II, Duke of Pomerania
- 1395 – Elisabeth, Countess of Neuchâtel, Swiss ruler
- 1406 – Henry III of Castile (b. 1379)
- 1505 – George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1454)
- 1553 – Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish explorer and politician, 1st Royal Governor of Chile (b. 1500)
- 1634 – Lettice Knollys, English noblewoman (b. 1540)
- 1635 – Samuel de Champlain, French soldier, geographer, and explorer (b. 1567)
- 1676 – William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire (b. 1592)
- 1676 – Matthew Hale, English lawyer and jurist, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (b. 1609)
- 1683 – Kara Mustafa Pasha, Ottoman general and politician, 111th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1634)
- 1730 – Henry Scott, 1st Earl of Deloraine, Scottish peer and general (b. 1676)
- 1758 – James Hervey, English priest and author (b. 1714)
- 1784 – Yosa Buson, Japanese poet and painter (b. 1716)
- 1796 – Velu Nachiyar, Queen of Sivagangai (b. 1730)
- 1824 – Barbara von Krüdener, German mystic and author (b. 1764)
- 1868 – Linus Yale, Jr., American engineer and businessman (b. 1821)
- 1875 – Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1851)
- 1880 – Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss lawyer and politician, President of the Swiss National Council (b. 1828)
- 1824 – William Lawless, Irish revolutionary, later French Army general (b. 1772)
- 1916 – Albert Chmielowski, Polish saint, founded the Albertine Brothers (b. 1845)
- 1921 – Vladimir Korolenko, Russian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1853)
- 1925 – Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst and author (b. 1877)
- 1926 – Emperor Taishō of Japan (b. 1879)
- 1928 – Miles Burke, American boxer (b. 1885)
- 1930 – Jakob Mändmets, Estonian journalist and author (b. 1871)
- 1933 – Francesc Macià, Catalan colonel and politician, 122nd President of Catalonia (b. 1859)
- 1935 – Paul Bourget, French author and critic (b. 1852)
- 1938 – Karel Čapek, Czech author and playwright (b. 1890)
- 1940 – Agnes Ayres, American actress (b. 1898)
- 1941 – Richard S. Aldrich, American lawyer and politician (b. 1884)
- 1944 – George Steer, South African-English journalist and author (b. 1909)
- 1946 – W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, juggler, and screenwriter (b. 1880)
- 1947 – Gaspar G. Bacon, American lawyer and politician, 51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
- 1949 – Leon Schlesinger, American animator and producer, founded Warner Bros. Cartoons (b. 1884)
- 1950 – Neil Francis Hawkins, English politician (b. 1903)
- 1952 – Margrethe Mather, American photographer (b. 1886)
- 1953 – Patsy Donovan, Irish-American baseball player and manager (b. 1865)
- 1953 – William Haselden, British cartoonist (b. 1872)
- 1956 – Robert Walser, Swiss author and playwright (b. 1878)
- 1957 – Charles Pathé, French record producer, founded Pathé Records (b. 1863)
- 1961 – Owen Brewster, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 54th Governor of Maine (b. 1888)
- 1961 – Otto Loewi, German-American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
- 1963 – Tristan Tzara, Romanian-French poet, playwright, painter, and critic (b. 1896)
- 1970 – Michael Peto, Hungarian-English photographer and journalist (b. 1908)
- 1973 – İsmet İnönü, Turkish general and politician, 2nd President of Turkey (b. 1884)
- 1973 – Gabriel Voisin, French pilot and engineer (b. 1880)
- 1975 – Gaston Gallimard, French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (b. 1881)
- 1975 – Gunnar Kangro, Estonian mathematician and author (b. 1913)
- 1977 – Charlie Chaplin, English actor and director (b. 1889)
- 1979 – Joan Blondell, American actress and singer (b. 1906)
- 1979 – Jordi Bonet, Canadian painter and sculptor (b. 1932)
- 1980 – Fred Emney, English actor and comedian (b. 1900)
- 1983 – Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1893)
- 1988 – Shōhei Ōoka, Japanese author and critic (b. 1909)
- 1988 – Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle, English entomologist and lepidopterist (b. 1920)
- 1989 – Benny Binion, American poker player and businessman (b. 1904)
- 1989 – Elena Ceaușescu, Romanian politician, First Lady of Romania (b. 1916)
- 1989 – Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romanian general and politician, 1st President of Romania (b. 1918)
- 1989 – Betty Garde, American actress (b. 1905)
- 1989 – Frederick F. Houser, American judge and politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1905)
- 1989 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
- 1989 – Robert Pirosh, American director and screenwriter (b. 1910)
- 1991 – Wilbur Snyder, American football player and wrestler (b. 1929)
- 1992 – Monica Dickens, British-American nurse and author (b. 1915)
- 1993 – Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist and academic (b. 1899)
- 1994 – Zail Singh, Indian politician, 7th President of India (b. 1916)
- 1995 – Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-French philosopher and academic (b. 1906)
- 1995 – Dean Martin, American singer and actor (b. 1917)
- 1995 – Chang Kee-ryo, Korean surgeon (b. 1914)
- 1996 – Bill Hewitt, Canadian sportscaster (b. 1928)
- 1997 – Anatoli Boukreev, Kazakh mountaineer and explorer (b. 1958)
- 1997 – Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)
- 2000 – Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer and footballer (b. 1939)
- 2000 – Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and academic (b. 1908)
- 2001 – Alfred A. Tomatis, French otolaryngologist and academic (b. 1920)
- 2003 – Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (b. 1929)
- 2004 – Gennadi Strekalov, Russian engineer and astronaut (b. 1940)
- 2005 – Derek Bailey, English guitarist (b. 1930)
- 2005 – Robert Barbers, Filipino police officer, lawyer, and politician, 15th Filipino Secretary of the Interior (b. 1944)
- 2005 – Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (b. 1918)
- 2005 – Joseph Pararajasingham, Sri Lankan journalist, businessman, and politician (b. 1934)
- 2006 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
- 2007 – Des Barrick, English cricketer (b. 1927)
- 2007 – Jim Beauchamp, American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)
- 2008 – Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress (b. 1927)
- 2009 – Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1964)
- 2010 – Carlos Andrés Pérez, Venezuelan politician, 66th President of Venezuela (b. 1922)
- 2011 – Giorgio Bocca, Italian journalist (b. 1920)
- 2011 – Jim Sherwood, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
- 2011 – Simms Taback, American author and illustrator (b. 1932)
- 2012 – Erico Aumentado, Filipino journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1940)
- 2012 – Halfdan Hegtun, Norwegian radio host and politician (b. 1918)
- 2012 – Joe Krivak, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
- 2012 – Turki bin Sultan, Saudi Arabian politician (b. 1959)
- 2012 – Şerafettin Elçi, Turkish lawyer, politician, government minister (b. 1938)
- 2013 – Anthony J. Bryant, American historian and author (b. 1961)
- 2013 – David R. Harris, English geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic (b. 1930)
- 2013 – Wayne Harrison, English footballer (b. 1967)
- 2013 – Mike Hegan, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1942)
- 2013 – Lola Lange, Canadian rural feminist and appointee to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (b. 1922)
- 2013 – Mel Mathay, Filipino politician, 8th Mayor of Quezon City (b. 1932)
- 2014 – Ricardo Porro, Cuban-French architect (b. 1925)
- 2014 – Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (b. 1935)
- 2014 – David Ryall, English actor (b. 1935)
- 2015 – George Clayton Johnson, American author and screenwriter (b. 1929)
- 2015 – Dorothy M. Murdock, American author and historian (b. 1961)
- 2016 – Valery Khalilov, Russian military musician and composer (b. 1952)
- 2016 – George Michael, British singer and songwriter (b. 1963)
- 2016 – Vera Rubin, American astronomer (b. 1928)
- 2017 – D. Herbert Lipson, American magazine publisher (Philadelphia, Boston)
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- 12/25/18--23:56: Article 12
- 12/25/18--23:58: 26 ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΙΟΥ
- 12/26/18--00:05: Article 10
- 12/26/18--00:07: Article 9
- 12/26/18--00:12: Article 8
- 12/26/18--00:25: Article 7
- 12/26/18--00:30: Article 6
- 12/26/18--00:32: EVENTS OF THIS DAY IN THE PAST
- 887 – Berengar I is elected as king of Italy by the lords of Lombardy. He is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy at Pavia.
- 1481 – Battle of Westbroek: Holland defeats troops of Utrecht.
- 1489 – The forces of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, take control of Almería from the Nasrid ruler of Granada, Muhammad XIII.
- 1776 – American Revolutionary War: In the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian forces.
- 1790 – Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution.
- 1793 – Second Battle of Wissembourg: France defeats Austria.
- 1799 – Henry Lee III's eulogy to George Washington in congress declares him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen". (This is not to be confused with Washington's funeral on December 18.)
- 1805 – Austria and France sign the Treaty of Pressburg.
- 1806 – Battles of Pultusk and Golymin: Russian forces hold French forces under Napoleon.
- 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.
- 1825 – Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Czar Nicholas I but are suppressed in the Decembrist revolt in Saint Petersburg.
- 1860 – The first ever inter-club English association football match takes place between Hallam and Sheffield football clubs in Sheffield.
- 1861 – American Civil War: The Trent Affair: Confederate diplomatic envoys James Murray Mason and John Slidell are freed by the United States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and the United Kingdom.
- 1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou begins.
- 1862 – Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
- 1862 – The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, where 38 Native Americans died.
- 1871 – Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
- 1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.
- 1919 – Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, allegedly establishing the Curse of the Bambino superstition.
- 1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
- 1943 – World War II: German warship Scharnhorst is sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.
- 1944 – World War II: George S. Patton's Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.
- 1948 – Cardinal József Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.
- 1948 – The last Soviet troops withdraw from North Korea.
- 1963 – The Beatles'"I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
- 1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
- 1968 – The Communist Party of the Philippines is established by Jose Maria Sison, breaking away from the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas-1930.
- 1972 – Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.
- 1975 – Tu-144, the world's first commercial supersonic aircraft, surpassing Mach 2, went into service.
- 1991 – The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union, ending the Cold War.
- 1994 – Four Armed Islamic Group hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969. When the plane lands at Marseille, a French Gendarmerie assault team boards the aircraft and kills the hijackers.
- 1998 – Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
- 1999 – The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
- 2003 – The 6.6 Mw Bam earthquake shakes southeastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving more than 26,000 dead and 30,000 injured.
- 2004 – The 9.1–9.3 Mw Indian Ocean earthquake shakes northern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed tsunamis follows, affecting the coastal areas of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; death toll is estimated at 227,898.
- 2004 – Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny.
- 2009 – China opens the world's longest high-speed rail route, which links Beijing and Guangzhou.
- 2015 – During the December 2015 North American storm complex, a Tornado Outbreak occurred in the DFW Metroplex, with the most notable tornadoes being an EF2, EF3, and an EF4. About a dozen people died due to various reasons, 10 of which due to the EF4, which did substantial damage to the suburb of Rowlett.
- 1194 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1250)
- 1446 – Charles de Valois, Duke de Berry, French noble (d. 1472)
- 1526 – Rose Lok, businesswoman and Protestant exile(d. 1613)
- 1532 – Wilhelm Xylander, German scholar and academic (d. 1576)
- 1536 – Yi I, Korean philosopher and scholar (d. 1584)
- 1537 – Albert, Count of Nassau-Weilburg (d. 1593)
- 1581 – Philip III, Landgrave of Hesse-Butzbach (d. 1643)
- 1618 – Elisabeth of the Palatinate, German princess, philosopher, and Calvinist (d. 1680)
- 1628 – John Page, American politician (d. 1692)
- 1646 – Robert Bolling, English-American merchant and planter (d. 1709)
- 1687 – Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer (d. 1755)
- 1716 – Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French soldier and philosopher (d. 1803)
- 1716 – Thomas Gray, English poet and scholar (d. 1771)
- 1723 – Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm, German-French author and playwright (d. 1807)
- 1737 – Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (d. 1815)
- 1751 – Lord George Gordon, English lieutenant and politician (d. 1793)
- 1751 – Clemens Maria Hofbauer, Austrian priest, missionary, and saint (d. 1820)
- 1769 – Ernst Moritz Arndt, German writer and poet (d. 1860)
- 1780 – Mary Somerville, Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and author (d. 1872)
- 1785 – Étienne Constantin de Gerlache, Belgian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 1871)
- 1782 – Philaret Drozdov, Russian metropolitan and saint (d. 1867)
- 1791 – Charles Babbage, English mathematician and engineer, invented the Difference engine (d. 1871)
- 1803 – Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Estonian physician and author (d. 1882)
- 1819 – E. D. E. N. Southworth, American author and educator (d. 1899)
- 1820 – Dion Boucicault, Irish actor and playwright (d. 1890)
- 1837 – Morgan Bulkeley, American soldier and politician, 54th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1922)
- 1837 – George Dewey, American admiral (d. 1917)
- 1852 – Johannes François Snelleman, Dutch zoologist, orientalist, and ethnographer (d. 1938)
- 1853 – René Bazin, French author and academic (d. 1932)
- 1854 – José Yves Limantour, Mexican financier and politician, Mexican Secretary of Finance (d. 1935)
- 1859 – William Stephens, American lawyer and politician, 24th Governor of California (d. 1944)
- 1863 – Charles Pathé, French record producer, co-founded Pathé Records (d. 1957)
- 1864 – Yun Chi-ho, Korean activist and politician (d. 1945)
- 1867 – Phan Bội Châu, Vietnamese activist (d. 1940)
- 1869 – Mathieu Cordang, Dutch cyclist (d. 1942)
- 1872 – Norman Angell, English journalist, academic, and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
- 1873 – Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)
- 1874 – Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, Bangladeshi theologian and academic (d. 1965)
- 1883 – Maurice Utrillo, French painter (d. 1955)
- 1887 – Arthur Percival, English general (d. 1966)
- 1888 – Marius Canard, French orientalist and historian (d. 1982)
- 1890 – Percy Hodge, English runner (d. 1967)
- 1890 – Konstantinos Georgakopoulos, Greek lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1973)
- 1891 – Henry Miller, American author and painter (d. 1980)
- 1892 – Don Barclay, American actor and illustrator (d. 1975)
- 1893 – Mao Zedong, Chinese politician, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (d. 1976)
- 1894 – Jean Toomer, American author and poet (d. 1967)
- 1900 – Evelyn Bark, leading member of the British Red Cross, first female recipient of the CMG (d. 1993) 
- 1901 – Elmar Muuk, Estonian linguist and author (d. 1941)
- 1902 – Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1980)
- 1903 – Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (d. 1995)
- 1904 – Alejo Carpentier, Swiss-Cuban musicologist and author (d. 1980)
- 1905 – William Loeb III, American publisher (d. 1981)
- 1907 – Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
- 1908 – Ralph Hill, American runner (d. 1994)
- 1909 – Matt Gordy, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)
- 1910 – Imperio Argentina, Argentine-Spanish actress and singer (d. 2003)
- 1910 – Marguerite Churchill, American actress (d. 2000)
- 1912 – Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician, Mayor of Manila (d. 1962)
- 1913 – Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (d. 1958)
- 1914 – Richard Widmark, American actor (d. 2008)
- 1915 – Rolf Botvid, Swedish actor and screenwriter (d. 1998)
- 1918 – Olga Lopes-Seale, Guyanese-Barbadian singer and radio host (d. 2011)
- 1918 – Georgios Rallis, Greek lieutenant and politician, 173rd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2006)
- 1921 – John Severin, American illustrator (d. 2012)
- 1921 – Steve Allen, American actor, singer, talk show host, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
- 1922 – Richard Mayes, English actor (d. 2006)
- 1923 – Richard Artschwager, American painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 2013)
- 1924 – Frank Broyles, American football player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2017)
- 1926 – Earle Brown, American composer (d. 2002)
- 1927 – Denis Gifford, English journalist and historian (d. 2000)
- 1927 – Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)
- 1927 – Stu Miller, American baseball player (d. 2015)
- 1927 – Denis Quilley, English actor (d. 2003)
- 1929 – Kathleen Crowley, American actress (d. 2017)
- 1929 – Régine Zylberberg, Belgian-French singer and actress
- 1930 – Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2010)
- 1930 – Harry Gamble, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
- 1930 – Donald Moffat, English-American actor (d. 2018)
- 1933 – Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer and voice actor
- 1935 – Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American singer (The Four Tops)
- 1935 – Rohan Kanhai, Guyanese cricketer
- 1935 – Norm Ullman, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1936 – Peep Jänes, Estonian architect
- 1936 – Trevor Taylor, English race car driver (d. 2010)
- 1937 – John Horton Conway, English mathematician, known for Conway's Game of Life
- 1938 – Bahram Beyzai, Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1938 – Robert Hamerton-Kelly, South African-American pastor, scholar, and author (d. 2013)
- 1938 – Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1989)
- 1938 – Mirko Kovač, Yugoslav-Croatian author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
- 1939 – Fred Schepisi, Australian director and screenwriter
- 1939 – Phil Spector, American singer-songwriter and producer
- 1940 – Edward C. Prescott, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1940 – Ray Sadecki, American baseball player (d. 2014)
- 1941 – Daniel Schmid, Swiss actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006)
- 1942 – Vinicio Cerezo, Guatemalan politician, 28th President of Guatemala
- 1942 – Catherine Coulter, American author
- 1942 – Gray Davis, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of California
- 1944 – William Ayers, American academic and activist
- 1945 – John Walsh, American television host, producer, and activist, created America's Most Wanted
- 1946 – Alan Frumin, American lawyer and politician
- 1946 – Tiit Rosenberg, Estonian historian and academic
- 1947 – James T. Conway, American general
- 1947 – Jean Echenoz, French author
- 1947 – Carlton Fisk, American baseball player
- 1947 – Josef Janíček, Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player
- 1947 – Richard Levis McCormick, American historian and academic
- 1948 – Candy Crowley, American journalist
- 1949 – José Ramos-Horta, East Timorese lawyer and politician, 2nd President of East Timor, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1950 – Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Pakistani businessman and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan
- 1950 – Mario Mendoza, Mexican baseball player and manager
- 1953 – Leonel Fernández, Dominican lawyer and politician, 51st President of the Dominican Republic
- 1953 – Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Swedish-Estonian journalist and politician, 4th President of Estonia
- 1953 – Makis Katsavakis, Greek footballer and manager
- 1953 – Henning Schmitz, German drummer
- 1954 – Peter Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and philanthropist
- 1954 – Ozzie Smith, American baseball player and sportscaster
- 1955 – Evan Bayh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Indiana
- 1956 – David Sedaris, American comedian, author, and radio host
- 1957 – Dermot Murnaghan, English-Northern Irish journalist and game show host
- 1958 – Adrian Newey, English aerodynamicist and engineer
- 1959 – Wang Lijun, Chinese police officer and politician
- 1959 – Kōji Morimoto, Japanese animator and director
- 1959 – Hans Nielsen, Danish motorcycle racer
- 1960 – Keith Martin Ball, American mathematician and academic
- 1960 – Ruud Kaiser, Dutch footballer and manager
- 1960 – Jim Toomey, American cartoonist
- 1960 – Cem Uzan, Turkish businessman and politician
- 1961 – Andrew Lock, Australian mountaineer
- 1961 – John Lynch, Northern Irish actor
- 1962 – Mark Starr, English wrestler (d. 2013)
- 1963 – Craig Teitzel, Australian rugby league player
- 1963 – Lars Ulrich, Danish-American drummer, songwriter, and producer
- 1964 – Elizabeth Kostova, American author
- 1966 – Jay Farrar, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1966 – Tim Legler, American basketball player and sportscaster
- 1966 – Jay Yuenger, American guitarist and producer
- 1968 – Matt Zoller Seitz, American film critic and author
- 1969 – Isaac Viciosa, Spanish runner
- 1970 – James Mercer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1971 – Jared Leto, American actor and musician
- 1971 – Mika Nurmela, Finnish footballer
- 1971 – Tatiana Sorokko, Russian-American model and journalist
- 1972 – Esteban Fuertes, Argentinian footballer
- 1972 – Robert Muchamore, English author
- 1973 – Paulo Frederico Benevenute, Brazilian footballer
- 1973 – Gianluca Faliva, Italian rugby player
- 1973 – Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Japanese baseball player
- 1973 – Steve Prescott, English rugby player (d. 2013)
- 1974 – Joshua John Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- 1975 – Chris Calaguio, Filipino basketball player
- 1975 – Marcelo Ríos, Chilean tennis player
- 1975 – María Vasco, Spanish race walker
- 1976 – Simon Goodwin, Australian footballer and coach
- 1977 – Fatih Akyel, Turkish footballer and manager
- 1977 – Adrienn Hegedűs, Hungarian tennis player
- 1978 – Karel Rüütli, Estonian lawyer and politician
- 1978 – Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player
- 1979 – Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer
- 1979 – Chris Daughtry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1979 – Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
- 1979 – Craig Wing, Australian rugby player
- 1980 – Todd Dunivant, American soccer player
- 1980 – Ceylan Ertem, Turkish singer
- 1981 – Pablo Canavosio, Argentinian-Italian rugby player
- 1981 – Nikolai Nikolaeff, Australian actor
- 1982 – Kenneth Darby, American football player
- 1982 – Noel Hunt, Irish footballer
- 1982 – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian skier
- 1983 – Yu Takahashi, Japanese singer-songwriter
- 1984 – Ahmed Barusso, Ghanaian footballer
- 1984 – Leonardo Ghiraldini, Italian rugby player
- 1984 – Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker
- 1985 – Beth Behrs, American actress
- 1986 – Hugo Lloris, French footballer
- 1986 – Kit Harington, English actor
- 1986 – Selen Soyder, Turkish actress and beauty queen
- 1989 – Yohan Blake, Jamaican sprinter
- 1990 – Jon Bellion, American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer
- 1990 – Andy Biersack, American singer-songwriter
- 1990 – Denis Cheryshev, Russian footballer
- 1990 – Aaron Ramsey, Welsh footballer
- 1991 – Eden Sher, American actress
- 1992 – Cecilia Costa Melgar, Chilean tennis player
- 1992 – Jade Thirlwall, English singer of girl group Little Mix
- 1994 – Souleymane Coulibaly, Ivorian footballer
- 268 – Dionysius, pope of the Catholic Church
- 418 – Zosimus, pope of the Catholic Church
- 831 – Euthymius of Sardis, Byzantine bishop and saint (b. 754)
- 865 – Zheng, empress of the Tang Dynasty
- 893 – Masrur al-Balkhi, Abbasid general
- 1006 – Gao Qiong, Chinese general (b. 935)
- 1191 – Reginald Fitz Jocelin, archbishop-elect of Canterbury
- 1302 – Valdemar, king of Sweden (b. 1239)
- 1350 – Jean de Marigny, French archbishop
- 1352 – John, 3rd Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1330)
- 1360 – Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent, English commander (b. 1314)
- 1413 – Michele Steno, doge of Venice (b. 1331)
- 1441 – Niccolò III d'Este, marquess of Ferrara
- 1458 – Arthur III, duke of Brittany (b. 1393)
- 1476 – Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan (b. 1444)
- 1530 – Babur, Mongolian emperor (b. 1483)
- 1574 – Charles de Lorraine, French cardinal (b. 1524)
- 1646 – Henri de Bourbon, prince of Condé (b. 1588)
- 1731 – Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French author (b. 1672)
- 1771 – Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher and activist (b. 1715)
- 1780 – John Fothergill, English physician and botanist (b. 1712)
- 1784 – Seth Warner, American colonel (b. 1743)
- 1786 – Gasparo Gozzi, Italian playwright and critic (b. 1713)
- 1863 – Francis Caulfeild, 2nd Earl of Charlemont, Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone (b. 1775)
- 1869 – Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (b. 1797)
- 1890 – Heinrich Schliemann, German-Italian archaeologist and author (b. 1822)
- 1909 – Frederic Remington, American painter and illustrator (b. 1861)
- 1923 – Dietrich Eckart, German journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1868)
- 1925 – Jan Letzel, Czech architect, designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (b. 1880)
- 1929 – Albert Giraud, Belgian poet (b. 1860)
- 1931 – Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator, created the Dewey Decimal Classification (b. 1851)
- 1933 – Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian journalist and politician (b. 1875)
- 1933 – Henry Watson Fowler, English lexicographer and educator (b. 1858)
- 1959 – Jack Tresadern, English footballer and manager (b. 1890)
- 1960 – Tetsuro Watsuji, Japanese historian and philosopher (b. 1889)
- 1963 – Gorgeous George, American wrestler (b. 1915)
- 1966 – Ina Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (b. 1875)
- 1966 – Herbert Otto Gille, German general (b. 1897)
- 1966 – Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (b. 1905)
- 1968 – Weegee, Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (b. 1898)
- 1970 – Lillian Board, South African-English runner (b. 1948)
- 1972 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
- 1973 – Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
- 1974 – Farid al-Atrash, Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
- 1974 – Jack Benny, American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, and violinist (b. 1894)
- 1974 – Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Scottish admiral (b. 1890)
- 1977 – Howard Hawks, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
- 1980 – Tony Smith, American sculptor and educator (b. 1912)
- 1981 – Amber Reeves, New Zealand-English author and scholar (b. 1887)
- 1981 – Suat Hayri Ürgüplü, Turkish politician, Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1903)
- 1981 – Savitri, Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer (b. 1936)
- 1986 – Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress (b. 1902)
- 1988 – Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (b. 1907)
- 1988 – Pablo Sorozábal, German-Spanish composer and conductor (b. 1897)
- 1989 – Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1924)
- 1990 – Gene Callahan, American art director and production designer (b. 1923)
- 1994 – Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (b. 1933)
- 1996 – JonBenét Ramsey, American child beauty queen and prominent unsolved murder victim (b. 1990)
- 1997 – Cahit Arf, Turkish mathematician and academic (b. 1910)
- 1997 – Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek economist and philosopher (b. 1922)
- 1998 – Ram Swarup, Indian writer on Hindu philosophy and religion (b. 1920)
- 1999 – Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
- 1999 – Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian academic and politician, 9th President of India (b. 1918)
- 2000 – Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
- 2001 – Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)
- 2002 – Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (b. 1952)
- 2002 – Armand Zildjian, American businessman, founded the Avedis Zildjian Company (b. 1921)
- 2003 – Virginia Coffey, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
- 2004 – Troy Broadbridge, Australian footballer (b. 1980)
- 2004 – Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African surgeon and academic (b. 1959)
- 2004 – Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian saxophonist and composer (b. 1959)
- 2004 – Angus Ogilvy, English businessman (b. 1928)
- 2004 – Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1974)
- 2004 – Reggie White, American football player and wrestler (b. 1961)
- 2005 – Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American soprano (b. 1937)
- 2005 – Ted Ditchburn, English footballer and manager (b. 1921)
- 2005 – Kerry Packer, Australian publisher and businessman (b. 1937)
- 2005 – Viacheslav Platonov, Russian volleyball player and coach (b. 1939)
- 2005 – Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
- 2005 – Erich Topp, German commander (b. 1914)
- 2006 – Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)
- 2006 – Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier and engineer (b. 1951)
- 2006 – Munir Niazi, Indian-Pakistani poet (b. 1928)
- 2009 – Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
- 2010 – Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
- 2010 – Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1956)
- 2011 – Houston Antwine, American football player (b. 1939)
- 2011 – Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Mexican-American actor and producer (b. 1940)
- 2011 – Sarekoppa Bangarappa, Indian politician, 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka (b. 1932)
- 2011 – Joe Bodolai, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1948)
- 2011 – James Rizzi, American painter and illustrator (b. 1950)
- 2012 – Gerry Anderson, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
- 2012 – Gerald McDermott, American author and illustrator (b. 1941)
- 2012 – Ibrahim Tannous, Lebanese general (b. 1929)
- 2013 – Paul Blair, American baseball player and coach (b. 1944)
- 2013 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer (b. 1912)
- 2014 – Stanisław Barańczak, Polish-American poet, critic, and scholar (b. 1946)
- 2014 – James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (b. 1927)
- 2014 – Leo Tindemans, Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1922)
- 2015 – Sidney Mintz, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1922)
- 2015 – Jim O'Toole, American baseball player (b. 1937)
- 2016 – Ricky Harris, American comedian, actor (b. 1962)
- 2016 – George S. Irving, American actor, singer and dancer (b. 1922)
- 2017 – Irv Weinstein, American broadcaster and television news anchor (b. 1930)
- 12/26/18--00:38: ΣΗΜΕΡΑ-26 ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΙΟΥ
- 12/26/18--00:40: THIS DAY IN MUSIC
- 12/26/18--00:51: ARTISTS WHO DIED IN 2018
- 12/26/18--00:58: Article 1
Έπαιξε σε γνωστές ταινίες, ενώ στο θέατρο συνεργάστηκε με τους μεγαλύτερους αθηναϊκούς θιάσους, αλλά και με το Εθνικό Θέατρο και το Θέατρο Τέχνης.
Την τελευταία του πνοή άφησε τη Δευτέρα, παραμονή των Χριστουγέννων και σε ηλικία 87 ετών, ο γνωστός ηθοποιός Γιώργος Μοσχίδης.
Ο Γιώργος Μοσχίδης γεννήθηκε στην Καβάλα το 1931. Ο πατέρας του ήταν καπνεργάτης και η μητέρα του ήταν κόρη καπνεμπόρου.
Την καριέρα του ως ηθοποιός την ξεκίνησε το 1948 με περιοδεύοντες θιάσους. Στη συνέχεια σπούδασε στη Δραματική Σχολή του Ωδείου Θεσσαλονίκης. Η πρώτη του επαγγελματική εμφάνιση έγινε το 1952 με τον Θίασο Αρώνη-Μανωλίδου στο έργο «Ρομάντζο».
Στο θέατρο συνεργάστηκε με τους μεγαλύτερους αθηναϊκούς θιάσους, αλλά και με το Εθνικό Θέατρο και το Θέατρο Τέχνης, παίζοντας σε όλα τα είδη. Διακρίθηκε σε παραστάσεις αρχαίου δράματος και αττικής κωμωδίας.
Στο σινεμά ξεκίνησε το 1958 στην ταινία του Λαμπρινού «Διακοπές στην Αίγινα». Την ίδια χρονιά έπαιξε στο ιστορικό δράμα του Γρ. Γρηγορίου, «Ο Μιμίκος και η Μαίρη».
Μερικές από τις πιο γνωστές του ταινίες είναι οι «Κρίμα το μπόι σου (1970)», «Τι 30, τι 40, τι 50 (1972)», «Αγάπη μου παλιόγρια (1972)», «Τον αράπη και αν τον πλένεις (1973)».
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1741: ο Σουηδός αστρονόμος ’Αντερς Κέλσιους εισάγει την εκατονταβάθμια κλίμακα μέτρησης της θερμοκρασίας, που έκτοτε φέρει το όνομα του.
1776: οι αμερικανικές δυνάμεις υπό τη διοίκηση του Τζορτζ Ουάσινγκτον διασχίζουν τον ποταμό Ντελαγουέαρ την νύχτα και πραγματοποιούν έφοδο στους Βρετανούς μισθοφόρους της Έσσης κατά τη μάχη του Τρέντον την επομένη.
1821: γεννιέται η Κάρλα Μπάρτον, ιδρύτρια του αμερικανικού Ερυθρού Σταυρού.
1868: με προεδρικό διάταγμα ο ’Αντριου Τζόνσον χορηγεί πλήρη αμνηστία, σε όσους συμμετείχαν στην εξέγερση εναντίων των ΗΠΑ.
1876: γεννιέται ο Μοχάμεντ Αλ Τζινλάχ, Ινδός πολιτικός και ηγέτης του Μουσουλμανικού Συνασπισμού.
1890: "πεθαίνει στη Νάπολη της Ιταλίας ο αρχαιολόγος Ερρίκος Σλίμαν, που έφερε στο φως τα ερείπια της Τροίας, αποδεικνύοντας ότι το έπος του Ομήρου ""Ιλιάδα""δεν ήταν θρύλος. Αργότερα ""ξέθαψε""τα ανάκτορα των Μυκηνών αναδεικνύοντας τους Ατρείδες."
1899: "γεννιέται ο Αμερικανός ηθοποιός, Χάμφρεϋ Μπόγκαρτ ιδιαίτερα γνωστός από το ρόλο του σκληρού και του γκάγκστερ, που συνήθως ενσάρκωνε. Πιο γνωστές ταινίες του η ""Καζαμπλάνκα""και το ""Γεράκι της Μάλτας""."
1911: με ελληνικό βασιλικό διάταγμα ορίζεται, ότι οι αρεοπαγίτες θα φέρουν τήβεννο, εφόσον βρίσκονταν στην έδρα.
1914: λίγο μετά τα μεσάνυχτα, οι Γερμανοί στρατιώτες παύουν πυρ και αρχίζουν να τραγουδούν τα χριστουγεννιάτικα κάλαντα.
1918: γεννιέται ο Πρόεδρος της Αιγύπτου Ανουάρ αλ Σαντάτ, που κέρδισε το Νομπέλ Ειρήνης το 1978.
1920: "συναντώνται Βενιζέλος και Κουντουριώτης. ""Τα θεμέλια της Μεγάλης Ελλάδας είναι στέρεα', δήλωσε ο Βενιζέλος."
1935: ο Λεωνίδας Ανδριανόπουλος σταματάει το ποδόσφαιρο σε ηλικία 24 ετών, όταν αγωνίζεται για τελευταία φορά με τον Ολυμπιακό εναντίον της Ουίπεστ (0-1 με γκολ του Kahlai) αφού οι υποχρεώσεις της οικογένειάς του επιβάλλουν να εργάζεται στο μαγαζί του πατέρα του.
1936: "ο ’Αμπροουζ Μπράουν της Ρέξαμ αποβάλλεται στο 20""του αγώνα με τη Χουλ Σίτι, σημειώνοντας μια από τις γρηγορότερες αποβολές στην ιστορία."
1939: "η ιστορία του Καρόλου Ντίκενς ""Χριστουγεννιάτικα Κάλαντα""μεταδίδεται ζωντανά από το ραδιοφωνικό σταθμό CBS στις ΗΠΑ, εγκαινιάζοντας μια παράδοση, που κράτησε πολλά χρόνια."
1941: παραδίδεται στους Ιάπωνες η βρετανική φρουρά στο Χονγκ Κονγκ.
1949: γεννιέται η Αμερικανίδα ηθοποιός Σίσι Σπέϊσεκ.
1966: "πεθαίνει σε ηλικία 80 ετών, στο νοσοκομείο ""Όρος Σινά""του Λος ’Αντζελες ο ελληνικής καταγωγής, Νικόλαος Δάνδολας, γνωστός ως ""Nick the Greek"", που θεωρείται ο μεγαλύτερος χαρτοπαίκτης στην αμερικανική ιστορία. Λίγο καιρό πριν αρρωστήσει, έπαιζε πόκερ συνεχώς επί οχτώ ημέρες."
1971: φωτιά, που ξεσπά σε ξενοδοχείο στη Σεούλ, στη Νότια Κορέα, προκαλεί το θάνατο 139 ατόμων.
1973: πεθαίνει, σε ηλικία 89 ετών, ο Τούρκος πολιτικός Ισμέτ Ινονού, κατά κόσμο Μουσταφά Ισμέτ Πασά. Χρημάτισε πολλές φορές υπουργός Εξωτερικών και πρωθυπουργός της γειτονικής χώρας την περίοδο 1923-1965.
1973: "το πλήρωμα του διαστημόπλοιου ""Σκάιλαμπ""περπατά επί επτά ώρες στο διάστημα."
1977: "πεθαίνει στην Ελβετία, σε ηλικία 88 ετών, ο ’Αγγλος ηθοποιός Τσάρλι Τσάπλιν, ο ""Σαρλό""της μεγάλης οθόνης."
1979: η Αίγυπτος αρχίζει ευρείας κλίμακας εργασίες συντήρησης και αποκατάστασης της περίφημης Σφίγγας.
1983: πεθαίνει, σε ηλικία 90 ετών, ο Ισπανός σουρεαλιστής ζωγράφος Χουάν Μιρό.
1989: στη Ρουμανία, ο δικτάτορας Νικολάε Τσαουσέσκου και η γυναίκα του Ελένα εκτελούνται από τον στρατό, μετά την καταδίκη τους για γενοκτονία.
1991: ο Ραούφ Ντενκτάς ισχυρίζεται ότι, η έκθεση του γ.γ του ΟΗΕ για το Κυπριακό, επιβεβαιώνει τα ίσα δικαιώματα των δύο κοινοτήτων στην Κύπρο.
1991: την παραίτησή του από την ηγεσία της ΕΣΣΔ αναγγέλλει ο Μιχαήλ Γκορμπατσόφ, μετά την απόφαση 11 Δημοκρατιών να σχηματίσουν Κοινοπολιτεία Ανεξαρτήτων Κρατών (ΚΑΚ).
1992: ο Σέρβος Πρόεδρος Σλόμπονταν Μιλόσεβιτς δηλώνει στο CNN ότι, δεν υπάρχουν αθώες πλευρές στον πόλεμο της Βοσνίας.
1992: στη Βοσνία, σύμφωνα με επίσημο απολογισμό, 8.000 άτομα έχουν σκοτωθεί από την αρχή του πολέμου στο Σεράγεβο.
1992: τα Χριστούγεννα φέρνουν προσωρινή ειρήνη σε διάφορα μέρη του κόσμου. Κατάπαυση του πυρός σημειώνεται στη Βόρεια Ιρλανδία, οι συγκρούσεις μειώνονται στο Σεράγεβο, ενώ Γάλλοι και Αμερικανοί στρατιώτες καθιστούν ασφαλή μια πόλη της Σομαλίας χωρίς να πέσει κανένας πυροβολισμός.
1993: σύναψη διπλωματικών σχέσεων αποφασίζουν Αλβανία και ΠΓΔΜ.
1993: "το περιοδικό ""Τάιμ""ανακηρύττει προσωπικότητες της χρονιάς, τους Γιτζάκ Ράμπιν, Γιάσερ Αραφάτ, Φρεντερίκ Ντε Κλερκ και Νέλσον Μαντέλα για τις ειρηνευτικές τους προσπάθειες."
1994: τέσσερις αστυνομικοί τραυματίζονται στη Λάρισα, στα επεισόδια που προκαλούν οπαδοί του έκπτωτου μητροπολίτη Θεολόγου εις βάρος του Ιγνατίου.
1995: στις βουλευτικές εκλογές της Τουρκίας, πρώτο κόμμα εκλέγεται το Ισλαμικό Κόμμα της Ευημερίας του Ερμπακάν.
1995: στις ΗΠΑ, πεθαίνει από οξύτατο αναπνευστικό πρόβλημα, ο ιταλικής καταγωγής ηθοποιός και τραγουδιστής, Ντιν Μάρτιν, σε ηλικία 78 ετών.
1996: στη Γερμανία, τρεις είναι οι νεκροί σε εκκλησία Διαμαρτυρομένων στο Σίντλιγκεν κοντά στη Φραγκφούρτη, από έκρηξη χειροβομβίδων.
1997: ανήμερα Χριστουγέννων και σε αντίθεση με ελληνοτουρκική συμφωνία, 12 τουρκικά μαχητικά αεροσκάφη προχώρησαν σε παραβιάσεις του ελληνικού εναέριου χώρου.
|December 25th: On this Day|
|1954, Johnny Ace shot himself dead backstage at the City Auditorium in Houston, Texas. The R&B singer was playing with a revolver during a break between sets, someone in the room said "Be careful with that thing’’ and he said ‘It’s OK the gun’s not loaded, see’’ and pointed it at himself with a smile on his face.|
|1954, Bing Crosby's ‘White Christmas’ entered the Billboard Pop chart for the eleventh time. Bing's rendition has sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles. It was the largest selling single in music history until it was surpassed by Elton John's ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’.|
|1964, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes all appeared at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York.|
|1964, The Beatles recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London: ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I'm a Loser’, ‘Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’ and ‘She's a Woman.’|
|1968, Led Zeppelin arrived in the United States for the very first time in preparation of their debut North American tour. The group were paid an average of $1,500 for each show.|
|1976, American MOR singer Johnny Mathis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When A Child Is Born', the singers only UK No.1 and the Christmas hit of 1976.|
|1978, John Lydon's new group Public Image Ltd played their first live gig at the Rainbow Theatre, London.|
|1981, Michael Jackson phoned Paul McCartney and suggested they write and record together, the first result being ‘The Girl Is Mine’. The song was a US No.2 & UK No.8 in 1982.|
|1982, David Bowie had a No.3 UK hit with a duet with Bing Crosby, 'Peace On Earth - Little Drummer Boy.' The single became one of Bowie's best selling in his career, with total estimated sales over 400,000 in the UK alone. The Christmas song was written in 1941, while the 'Peace on Earth' tune and lyrics, written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan, were added to the song specially for Bowie and Crosby's recording.|
|1995, American singer, actor and TV host Dean Martin died. Had the 1956 UK & US No.1 single 'Memories Are Made Of This' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles including ‘That's Amore’, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’, ‘Mambo Italiano’. In 1965, Martin launched his weekly NBC comedy-variety series, The Dean Martin Show.|
|1998, Bryan MacLean, guitarist with Love, died of a heart attack aged 62 while having Christmas dinner with a young fan who was researching a book about the band. Love had the 1966 US No.33 single '7 And 7 Is', and the 1968 album Forever Changes.|
|2003, Michael Jackson recorded his first interview since news of the allegations of sexual abuse with a 12-year old boy. He told the CBS TV network he would 'slit his wrists' before he would hurt a child. He also claimed he suffered a dislocated shoulder after police 'manhandled' him and treated him 'very roughly' during his arrest.|
|2006, James Brown the ‘Godfather of Soul’, died at the age of 73 after being diagnosed with severe pneumonia. Brown went to his dentist in Atlanta the previous day who told him something was wrong, and sent him to a doctor immediately. His hits included ‘Papa's Got a Brand New Bag’, ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’, and ‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1’. Brown was married four times, at the age of 16, was arrested for theft and served 3 years in prison. In 1988, Brown was arrested following a high-speed car chase along the Georgia-South Carolina state border.|
|2008, American actress, singer, and cabaret star Eartha Kitt died from colon cancer at her Weston, Connecticut home at the age of 81. Best known for her 1953 Christmas song ‘Santa Baby.’|
|2009, American singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt died from an overdose of muscle relaxants that had left him in a coma in an Athens hospital. He released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe.|
|2009, Tony Bellamy guitarist, pianist and vocalist for the Native American rock band Redbone died of liver failure. Redbone had the 1971 UK No.2 & US No.21 single 'The Witch Queen Of New Orleans and the 1974 US No. 4 hit single, 'Come and Get Your Love.' Redbone are accredited in the NY Smithsonian as the first Native American rock/Cajun group to have a No.1 single in the United States and internationally. Bellamy had performed with Dobie Gray, and was a member of Peter and the Wolves (a band from San Francisco that evolved into the psychedelic band Moby Grape).|
|2014, Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with x, (pronounced "multiply"). In 2015, x won the Brit Award for British Album of the Year, and at the 57th Grammy Awards it was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year. Spotify named x the most-streamed album in the world for 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.|
|2016, George Michael died at his home aged 53. Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT. The singer who launched his career with Wham in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, was said to have "passed away peacefully at home". Up to the time of his death, Michael sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.|
|December 25th: Born on this day|
|1929, Born on this day, Chris Kenner, US singer, (1961 US No.2 single 'I Like It Like That'). Also a hit for Dave Clarke Five.|
|1929, Born on this day, American singer Bill Horton from The Silhouettes. The doo wop/R&B groups single 'Get A Job' was a No.1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. The doo-wop revival group Sha Na Na derived their name from the song's lyrics. 'Get A Job' is included in the soundtracks of the film American Graffiti, Trading Places and Stand By Me. Horton died on January 23, 1995.|
|1937, Born on this day, O'Kelly Isley from American group The Isley Brothers who first came to prominence in 1959 with their fourth single, 'Shout', and then the 1962 hit 'Twist and Shout. The Isley Brothers also scored the hits 'This Old Heart Of Mine', 'Summer Breeze' and 'Harvest for the World'. Sixteen of their albums charted in the Top 40. O'Kelly Isley died on 31st March 1986.|
|1940, Born on this day, Pete Brown, lyricist, poet, singer, producer, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single 'I Feel Free'). Also worked with Jack Bruce, Graham Bond, Mick Jagger and Peter Green.|
|1943, Born on this day, Trevor Lucas, Fairport Convention, UK folk group, (1969 UK No.21 single 'Si Tu Dois Partie'). Also worked with Al Stewart and The Strawbs. Lucas died 4th February 1989.|
|1944, Born on this day, Henry Vestine, guitarist with American rock band Canned Heat. Two of their songs 'Going Up the Country' and 'On the Road Again' became international hits. He died on 20th October 1997.|
|1944, Born on this day, Kenny Everett, UK radio and TV presenter, (1983 UK No.9 single 'Snot Rap'). Died 4th April 1995.|
|1945, Born on this day, Noel Redding, bassist with The Jimi Hendrix Experience who had the 1967 UK No.3 single 'Purple Haze', and the 1970 UK No.1 single 'Voodoo Chile'. Redding was the first person to join the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the first to leave, his final concert with them was in June 1969. Redding died on 11th May 2003 aged 57.|
|1946, Born on this day, Jimmy Buffett, American singer songwriter, (1977 US No.8 single 'Margaritaville', 2004 US No.1 album 'License to Chill').|
|1948, Born on this day, Country singer Barbara Mandrell, named Country Music Association entertainer of the year in 1979, 1980 & 1981, (1977 US No.1 Country single 'Sleeping Single In A Double Bed').|
|1954, Born on this day, Annie Lennox, singer, The Tourists, (1979 UK No.4 single 'I Only Want To Be With You'). Eurythmics, (1983 US No.1 single 'Sweet Dreams', 1985 UK No.1 single 'There Must Be An Angel'). Solo, (1995 UK No.2 single 'No More I Love You's').|
|1954, Born on this day, Robin Campbell, guitar, vocals, with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other top 40 hits.|
|1957, Born on this day, Shane MacGowan, singer from Irish-British Celtic punk band The Pogues who scored the 1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover' and the 1987 UK No.2 single with Kirsty MaCcoll, 'Fairytale Of New York'.|
|1958, Born on this day, Alannah Myles, Canadian singer, 1990 US No.1 and UK No.2 single 'Black Velvet.'|
|1964, Born on this day, Bob Stanley from English band Saint Etienne who had the 1993 UK No.12 single 'You're In A Bad Way'.|
|1971, Born on this day, Dido, singer, songwriter, (2001 UK No.1 & US No.4 album 'No Angel', 2001 UK No.4 single 'Here With Me').|
|1971, Born on this day, Noel Hogan, guitarist with Irish rock band The Cranberries who had the 1994 UK No.14 single 'Linger'. The bands 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.|
|1972, Born on this day, American session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter Josh Freese. He played drums for Guns N' Roses from 1997 to 2000, A Perfect Circle from 1999 to 2012, Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2008, Weezer from 2009 to 2010, and Sublime with Rome from 2011 to 2017. He has appeared on nearly 400 records.|
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1865: κατοχυρώνεται με δίπλωμα ευρεσιτεχνίας το πρώτο φίλτρο καφέ.
1891: γεννιέται ο Αμερικανός συγγραφέας Χένρυ Μίλερ.
1893: γεννιέται ο Μάο Τσε Τουνγκ, ιδρυτής και ηγέτης, από το 1949 έως το 1976, της Λαϊκής Δημοκρατίας της Κίνας.
1901: ολοκληρώνεται η σιδηροδρομική γραμμή της Ουγκάντας από τη Μομπάσα στη λίμνη Βικτωρία.
1908: ο Τζακ Τζόνσον γίνεται ο πρώτος έγχρωμος πυγμάχος, που κατακτά τον παγκόσμιο τίτλο στα βαρέα βάρη, όταν κερδίζει με νοκ-άουτ στον 14ο γύρο τον Τόμι Μπέρνς στο Σίδνεϊ της Αυστραλίας
1909: αρχίζουν οι εργασίες του 9ου Συνεδρίου των Σιωνιστών στο Αμβούργο.
1912: διακόπτονται οι διαπραγματεύσεις στο Λονδίνο για την Ειρήνη στα Βαλκάνια, λόγω αδιαλλαξίας της Τουρκίας.
1925: η Τουρκία υιοθετεί το γρηγοριανό ημερολόγιο.
1928: ο Τζόνι Βαϊσμίλερ ανακοινώνει ότι, αποχωρεί από την ερασιτεχνική κολύμβηση. Στην 8χρονη καριέρα του δεν έχει χάσει σε κανέναν αγώνα στο ελεύθερο.
1932: στην Κίνα, 70.000 νεκροί είναι ο απολογισμός του καταστροφικού σεισμού, που πλήττει τη χώρα.
1940: "το υποβρύχιο ""Παπανικολής""βυθίζει τρία πλοία του εχθρού, που μετέφεραν στρατό και πολεμοφόδια των Ιταλών στην Αυλώνα, της Αλβανίας."
1941: ο Μπόμπι Ριγκς κερδίζει τον πρώτο του επαγγελματικό αγώνα τένις, όταν νικά τον παγκόσμιο πρωταθλητή Φρεντερικ Πέρι.
1941: ο Ουίνστον Τσώρτσιλ γίνεται ο πρώτος Βρετανός πρωθυπουργός, που μιλά σε συνεδρίαση του αμερικανικού Κογκρέσου.
1943: αποτυγχάνει απόπειρα δολοφονίας του Χίτλερ, υπό τον κόμη Κλάους φον Στάουφενμπεργκ.
1949: ο Αλμπερτ Αϊνστάιν δίνει στη δημοσιότητα μια νέα γενικευμένη θεωρία περί βαρύτητας, με την οποία επιχειρεί να συμπεριλάβει όλες τις κύριες δυνάμεις της φύσης μέσα σε μια νέα έννοια.
1951: ο Οργανισμός Έκδοσης Διδακτικών Βιβλίων αναλαμβάνει την έκδοση και των πανεπιστημιακών συγγραμμάτων σε χαμηλές τιμές.
1961: στις ΗΠΑ, 16 Αμερικανοί βετεράνοι του Βιετνάμ καταλαμβάνουν το ’Αγαλμα της Ελευθερίας για να κάνουν γνωστές τις αντιπολεμικές θέσεις τους.
1962: πεθαίνει ο 33ος πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ Χάρι Τρούμαν.
1963: "πεθαίνει ο πυγμάχος ""Gorgeous George"" Wagner."
1977: πρώτη εμφάνιση του Δημήτρη Σαραβάκου με τον Πανιώνιο εναντίον του Αιγάλεω. Γιος του Θανάση, ενός άλλου άσου του Πανιωνίου, ο Δημήτρης παίζει μέχρι το 1984 σε 142 αγώνες πρωταθλήματος σκοράροντας 35 γκολ και θα μεταγραφεί στον Παναθηναϊκό, όπου θα παίξει έως το 1994 σε 239 αγώνες και θα σκοράρει 124 γκολ. Τον Ιούλιο του 1994 πηγαίνει στην ΑΕΚ και επιστρέφει στον Παναθηναϊκό το 1997, όπου θα παίξει τα δυο τελευταία του παιχνίδια. Συνολικά θα συμπληρώσει 442 αγώνες πρωταθλήματος και 184 γκολ. Κάνει ντεμπούτο με την Εθνική ομάδα την 1/12/82 στον αγώνα Ελλάδα-Ελβετία (1-3), την οποία θα αποχαιρετήσει στο Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο των ΗΠΑ το 1994 στον αγώνα εναντίον της Αργεντινής (0-4) με 72 συμμετοχές και 21 γκολ. Στις 10/10/1991 εναντίον της Αιγύπτου (6-1) θα σκοράρει 5 γκολ.
1979: σοβιετικά στρατεύματα εισβάλλουν στο Αφγανιστάν.
1986: ο 31χρονος Goug Jarvis κάνει ρεκόρ στο NHL (χόκεϊ), όταν μετέχει στο 916ο συνεχόμενο παιχνίδι, σερί, που ξεκίνησε το 1974 και θα σταματήσει στις 964 συμμετοχές
1989: στη Ρουμανία, μετά την εκτέλεση του δικτάτορα Τσαουσέσκου, σχηματίζεται νέα κυβέρνηση από τον Ίον Ιλιέσκου.
1990: αποκλεισμένα παραμένουν από τις χιονοπτώσεις πολλά ορεινά χωριά στη Δυτική Μακεδονία, τη Θεσσαλονίκη και την Πελοπόννησο.
1991: οι χώρες της ΕΟΚ αναγνωρίζουν την Αρμενία και την Ουκρανία.
1991: στην Αλγερία, διεξάγονται οι πρώτες πολυκομματικές εκλογές μετά την ανεξαρτησία από τους Γάλλους το 1962.
1991: στην τελευταία του συνεδρίαση, το σοβιετικό Κοινοβούλιο υιοθετεί ψήφισμα, που ορίζει το τέλος της ΕΣΣΔ.
1992: ο μετριοπαθής Γιουγκοσλάβος πρωθυπουργός Μίλαν Πάνιτς συγχαίρει τον Σλόμπονταν Μιλόσεβιτς για την επανεκλογή του στην Προεδρία. Ο Πάνιτς είχε ζητήσει την ακύρωση των προεδρικών εκλογών, ισχυριζόμενος ότι, έγινε εκτεταμένη νοθεία. Η σερβική εκλογική επιτροπή απέρριψε, όμως, το αίτημά του.
1992: ρωσική εφημερίδα αποκαλύπτει ότι, τον Ιούνιο του 1961 είχε σημειωθεί δυστύχημα σε ρωσικό πυρηνικό υποβρύχιο στον Ατλαντικό, που στοίχισε τη ζωή σε 15 ναύτες.
1993: η Τουρκία απορρίπτει την πρόταση Κληρίδη για αποστρατιωτικοποίηση της Κύπρου με αποχώρηση των τουρκικών στρατευμάτων και διάλυση των Ε/Κ και Τ/Κ δυνάμεων.
1994: "στη Γαλλία, ειδικές δυνάμεις ασφαλείας θέτουν τέρμα στην αεροπειρατεία αεροσκάφους της ""Air France""από Aλγερινούς ισλαμιστές, που είχαν εκτελέσει τρεις επιβάτες, με αποτέλεσμα να σκοτωθούν και οι τέσσερις αεροπειρατές."
1994: στο Ισραήλ, η Βουλή εγκρίνει νομοσχέδιο, που απαγορεύει τις επίσημες δραστηριότητες της Οργάνωσης για την Απελευθέρωση της Παλαιστίνης (PLO) στην Ιερουσαλήμ.
1995: στη Νότια Αφρική, 100 είναι οι νεκροί και τουλάχιστον 1000 οι άστεγοι από τις πλημμύρες στο Κουαζούλου Νατάλ.
1995: στην Τουρκία, ο νικητής των βουλευτικών εκλογών και πρόεδρος του Iσλαμικού Κόμματος της Ευημερίας Ερμπακάν, ζητά από τoν Πρόεδρο Ντεμιρέλ την εντολή σχηματισμού κυβέρνησης.
1996: στη Μαλαισία, 106 είναι οι νεκροί και 3.000 οι άστεγοι από καταιγίδα, που πλήττει την ανατολική επαρχία Σαμπάχ.
1997: πεθαίνει στο Παρίσι, σε ηλικία 76 ετών, ο φιλόσοφος και ψυχαναλυτής Κορνήλιος Καστοριάδης, που αποδεχόταν τον Μαρξ και απέρριπτε το μαρξισμό.
|December 26th: On this Day|
|1963, Stevie Wonder arrived in the UK for appearances on the TV shows 'Ready Steady Go!' and 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'|
|1963, Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which rejected the US rights to every Beatles record that they were offered until then, finally released 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' backed with 'I Saw Her Standing There'. The song was currently topping the UK chart with 'This Boy' on the flip side. Within five weeks, the record would rise to number one in the US, where it would stay for seven weeks. The song was recorded the previous October and the hit version was take number 17.|
|1964, The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Feel Fine'. It was the group's 6th No.1 of the year in which they had 30 entries on the chart, giving them a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.|
|1964, The Rolling Stones placed an advertisement in the music paper New Musical Express, wishing starving hairdressers and their families a Happy Christmas.|
|1965, While spending Christmas at his father's home in Cheshire, Paul McCartneycrashed from the moped he was riding and suffered a five-inch cut to his mouth.|
|1966, John Lennon appeared as a men's room attendant in Peter Cook's and Dudley Moore's BBC TV UK show 'Not only... But also'.|
|1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played an afternoon show at The Uppercut Club, London, (where he was billed as “The American Top soul Singer - Jimi Hendrix”). Hendrix also wrote the lyrics to Purple Haze in the dressing room on the same day.|
|1967, BBC Television broadcast The Beatles movie ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in black and white. The next day, the British press and the viewing public pronounce the film an utter disaster. The negative reaction was so strong that a US television deal for broadcasting the movie was cancelled.|
|1968, Led Zeppelin started their first North American tour supporting Vanilla Fudge and Spirit at Denver Auditorium, Colorado, tickets for this Sunday night gig cost $5.|
|1970, George Harrison started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Sweet Lord', making him the first Beatle to score a No.1 US hit. The song was originally intended for Billy Preston.|
|1976, The Sex Pistols recorded 'God Save The Queen' at Wessex Studios London, England. The song was released during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The record's lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song. The song reached No.1 on the NME charts.|
|1979, The first night of a series of concerts were held at The Hammersmith Odeon in London for the People of Kampuchea, featuring Queen, The Clash, The Pretenders, The Who, Elvis Costello, Wings, and many more artists. The events which were organised by Paul McCartney and Kurt Waldheim were aimed to raise money for the victims of war-torn Cambodia.|
|1979, Pink Floyd’s The Wall was at No.1 on the US album chart. (The album spent a total of 15 weeks at No.1 during a 35-week stay on the chart). The Wall also spent a total of 5 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart.|
|1981, AC/DC started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'For Those About To Rock We Salute You' the follow-up to their highly successful album 'Back In Black'. The name of the album was inspired by a book Angus Young read, entitled 'For Those About to Die, We Salute You', about Roman gladiators.|
|1998, The Spice Girls scored their 8th UK No.1 single with 'Goodbye', (the first single without Geri Halliwell). It gave the group the Christmas No.1 for the third year in a row equaling the record set by The Beatles from 1963, 64 and 65.|
|1999, American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter Curtis Mayfield died aged 57. He was a member of The Impressions, (1965 US No.7 single 'Lilies Of The Field') and solo, (1971 UK No.12 single 'Move On Up', 1972 US No.4 single 'Freddie's Dead, Theme From Superfly').|
|2006, Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit against his former accountants, claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank accounts but did not properly pay his bills. Jackson hired the Los Angeles-based firm in 2003 for book-keeping, opening bank accounts and filing personal, corporate and real estate taxes.|
|2007, Amy Winehouse's second album ‘Back to Black’ was named as the biggest-selling album of the year. Released at the end of 2006 the album had now sold more than 1.5m copies in the UK, achieving five platinum sales awards, Winehouse was also nominated for six Grammys including song of the year. Leona Lewis's ‘Spirit’ was the second best seller, Lewis sold 1.27m copies in just five weeks, becoming the fastest-selling debut in UK history and making the former X Factor winner the fastest female million-seller in the UK. Mika's ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ were the third best selling album of 2007.|
|2012, Fontella Bass, the US female singer, pianist, who had the 1965 US No.4 and UK No.11 single 'Rescue Me' died of complications following a heart attack aged 72.|
|2017, Jim Burns, the co-creator of MTV's iconic MTV Unplugged series, famous for hosting shows by artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Nirvana and Jay-Z died at the age of 65. He was struck by a taxi while crossing Fifth Avenue in Manhattan three days earlier walking with his seeing-eye dog near his Upper East Side home.|
|December 26th: Born on this day|
|1935, Born on this day, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, The Four Tops, (1965 US No.1 single 'I Can't Help Myself', 1967 UK No.6 single 'Standing In The Shadows of Love').|
|1939, Born on this day, Phil Spector, producer, 'The Spector Wall Of Sound’. Spector was a member of Teddy Bears, who had the 1958 US No.1 single 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'. He went on to produce many classic songs including; Ben E King, 'Spanish Harlem', The Crystals, 'Da Doo Ron Ron', The Ronettes, 'Baby I Love You', The Righteous Brothers, 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling', Ike and Tina Turner, 'River Deep, Mountain High'. Also produced albums for The Ramones, John Lennon, George Harrison, The Beatles, Cher and Harry Nilsson. The 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his 2009 conviction of murder in the second degree. He is serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life.|
|1943, Born on this day, Fleming Williams from American pop and soul trio The Hues Corporation, who scored the 1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Rock The Boat' which sold over 2 million copies.|
|1953, Born on this day, Henning Schmitz from the German electronic music and pop band Kraftwerk who had the 1982 UK No.1 single 'Computer Love / The Model'.|
|1963, Born on this day, Lars Ulrich, drums, Metallica, (1991 UK No.5 single 'Enter Sandman', 1991 US & UK No.1 album 'Metallica').|
|1963, Born on this day, Dana Baldinger, bass, Popinjays, (1990 UK album 'Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays').|
|1966, Born on this day, Jay Farrar, American songwriter and musician who formed Uncle Tupelo (with Jeff Tweedy later of Wilco), and Son Volt.|
|1971, Born on this day, Jared Joseph Leto, American actor and musician, 30 Seconds to Mars.|
|1979, Born on this day, Chris Daughtry, American guitarist, singer. Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. His band's self-titled debut 2007 US No.1 album sold more than 1 million copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.|
|1990, Born on this day, Andy Biersack, American singer and pianist, founder and lead vocalist for the American rock band Black Veil Brides.|