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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- December 25

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Interesting things that happened December 25th:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In 1642 Issac Newton (in Grantham, England), scientist, explained gravity
  In 1821 Clara Barton (in Oxford, MA), philanthropist, American Red Cross
  In 1865 Evangeline Cory Booth, Salvation Army general
  In 1876 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan
  In 1881 Joseph McCarthy, Yankee manager
  In 1883 Maurice Utrillo, French painter
  In 1887 Conrad Hilton, the ultimate innkeeper
  In 1892 Rebecca West, author, critic, feminist (or 12-21-81)
  In 1899 Humphrey Bogart, actor (Maltese Falcon, African Queen, etc.)
        + Raphael Soyer, painter
  In 1904 Gerhard Herzberg, Can physicist (molecular structure) (Nobel 1971)
  In 1907 Cab Calloway, bandleader (hi-dee-hi-dee-hi-dee-ho!)
  In 1909 Mike Mazurki, actor, wrestler
  In 1913 Tony Martin, singer
  In 1918 Anwar Sadat, Egyptian president (1970-81) (Nobel 1978)
  In 1940 Phil Spector, rock producer
  In 1945 Gary Sandy, actor (WKRP)
        + Kenny Stabler, NFL QB (Oakland Raiders)
  In 1946 Larry Csonka, football player
        + Jimmy Buffet, singer (Margaritaville, Cheeseburger In Paradise)
  In 1948 Barbara Mandrell (in Houston, TX), singer
  In 1949 Sissy Spacek (in Quitman, TX), actor (Badlands, Coal Miner's
  In 1954 Annie Lennox, singer (Eurythmics)
  In 1958 Rickey Henderson, baseball player

Events worth noting:
        + Christmas Day, celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth
        + Constitution Day, celebrated in Republic of China (Taiwan)
        + New Year's Day observed in England before 1068
  In  336 The first recorded celebration of Christmas on December 25th took
          place in Rome.
  In  800 Charlemagne is crowned emperor by Pope Leo III.
  In 1066 William the Conqueror was crowned king of England.
  In 1758 Halley's comet first sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch during
  In 1776 Washington crosses the Delaware and surprises the Hessians.
  In 1818 Silent Night by Franz Joseph Gruber and Joseph Mohr is sung for the
          first time.
  In 1843 First theatre matinee given at Olympic Theatre, New York City.
  In 1868 Despite bitter opposition, President Johnson grants unconditional
          pardon to all involved in the Southern rebellion (the Civil War).
  In 1926 Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
  In 1931 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio.
  In 1939 Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the ninth reindeer.
  In 1941 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong.
  In 1963 Walt Disney's "The Sword In The Stone" is released.
  In 1968 Frank Borman's Christmas reading while orbiting the moon.
  In 1977 Charlie Chaplin died in Switzerland at 88.
        + Israeli PM Menachem Begin met in Egypt with Egyptian Pres Sadat.
  In 1983 First live telecast of Christmas Parade.

And remember ...
  National Indigestion Season

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