On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1 – 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguous
274 – Roman Emperor Aurelia dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the winter solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun
337 – Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
800 – Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman emperor
1066 – William the Conqueror, is crowned king of England
1223 – St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)
1621 – Gov William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas
1651 – Massachusetts General Court orders a fine (five shillings) for “observing any such day as Christmas”
1741 – Astronomer Andres Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
1776 – General Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessian
1831 – Louisiana & Arkansas are 1st states to observe Christmas as holiday
1868 – Despite bitter opposition, President A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
1939 – Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph, the 9th reindeer
1950 – The Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, is stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
1958 – Alan Freed’s Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
1963 – Walt Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” is released
1974 – Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff
1990 – “Godfather III” premieres
2004 – Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully lands on Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14, 2005

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