History of 25th December

1861 Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian educator and nationalist, was born

1940 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts “Pal Joey” premieres in NYC

1941 Japan announces the surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong

1941 Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan

1942 Admiral Dalans murderer of Bosinier de la Chapelle, sentenced to death

1942 British Colonel S W Bailey reaches Mihailovics headquarter

1942 Soviet artillery and tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad

1946 Constitution accepted in Taiwan

1947 Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)

1947 Constitution of the Republic of China comes into effect

1950 Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland

1951 1st Christmas Day in test cricket, Aust v WI at Adelaide

1951 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wickets on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket

1953 Avalanche of lava kills 150 from Ruapehu volcano in New Zealand

1953 KNEV (95.5 The Vibe) radio broadcaster in Reno, Nevada begins broadcasting

1954 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting

1955 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

1963 Walt Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” is released

1965 The Yemeni Nasserite Unionist People’s Organisation is founded in Taiz

1969 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

1971 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24

1971 Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) formed by Jesse Jackson

1971 Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul

1972 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi

1973 Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)

1979 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10

1982 Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran Khan rips through Indians

1983 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida

1984 NBA’s Bernard King scores 60 points

1987 Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who escaped 2 days earlier, recaptured

1989 Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded

1990 The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.

1991 Last day of a washout Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala

2003 The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.

2004 Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

2009 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 years in prison in Beijing, China for “inciting subversion of state power”

2012 27 people are killed after an Antonov An-72 plane crashes near Shymkent, Kazakhstan

2012 8 people are killed and thousands left homeless after two fires strike Manila, Philippines

2016 Russian military defense plane crashes into the Black Sea after takeoff from Sochi airport, killing all 92 on board.

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