Today in History, English
Today in History, English

144871December 25Event597 – Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow-labourers baptise in Kent more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.
144872December 25Event800 – The Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
144873December 25Event1000 – The foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary: Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
144874December 25Event1025 – Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert as king of Poland.
144875December 25Event1066 – William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
144876December 25Event1076 – Coronation of Bolesław II the Generous as king of Poland.
144877December 25Event1100 – Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity.
144878December 25Event1130 – Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first king of Sicily.
144879December 25Event1261 – John IV Laskaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos.
144880December 25Event1492 – Carrack Santa María captained by Christopher Columbus runs onto reefs off Haiti due to a proper watch not being kept. Local natives help to save food, armory and ammunition but not the ship.
144881December 25Event1553 – Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.
144882December 25Event1559 – Pope Pius IV is elected.
144883December 25Event1643 – Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean found and named by Captain William Mynors of the English East India Company vessel, the Royal Mary.
144884December 25Event1776 – 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.
144885December 25Event1809 – Dr. Ephraim McDowell performs the first ovariotomy, removing a 22-pound tumor.
144886December 25Event1814 – Rev. Samuel Marsden holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.
144887December 25Event1815 – The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.
144888December 25Event1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.
144889December 25Event1837 – Second Seminole War: American general Zachary Taylor leads 1100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.
144890December 25Event1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.
144891December 25Event1914 – A series of unofficial truces occur across the Western Front to celebrate Christmas.
144892December 25Event1926 – Emperor Taishō of Japan dies. His son, Prince Hirohito, succeeds him as Emperor Shōwa.
144893December 25Event1927 – The Vietnamese Nationalist Party is founded.
144894December 25Event1932 – A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu, China kills 275 people.
144895December 25Event1941 – Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
144896December 25Event1941 – World War II: Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
144897December 25Event1941 – 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.
144898December 25Event1946 – The first in Europe artificial, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is initiated within Soviet F-1 nuclear reactor.
144899December 25Event1947 – The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.
144900December 25Event1950 – 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.

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