December 25: This Day That Year

DEC 25

- 1642 - Birthday: Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England.

- 1651 - USA: Massachusetts General Court ordered a 5 shilling fine for "observing any such day as Christmas"

- 1741 - Centigrade temperature scale introduced by Astronomer Anders Celsius.

- 1776 - USA: George Washington crosses Delaware, surprised and defeated 1,400 Hessians.

- 1876 - Birthday: Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Mahomedali Jinnahbhai), Founder of Pakistan. He led the All-India Muslim League (1913-47) until he achieved his dream of Pakistan (1947-48), born in Karachi, British India.

- 1918 - Birthday: Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), born in Monufia, Egypt.

- 1924 - Birthday: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (1996, 1998-2004), born in Gwalior, India.

- 1932 - China: 7.6 magnitude earthquake ravages Qansu, killed 275.

- 1949 - Birthday: Nawaz Sharif, PM of Pakistan (1990-93, 1997-99, 2013-17) born in Lahore, Pakistan.

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

- 1968 - India: 42 Dalits were burned alive in Kilavenmani village, Tamil Nadu.

- 1971 - South Korea: Fire killed 163 people at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul.

- 1971 - Birthday: Justin Trudeau, 23rd PM of Canada, born in Ottawa, Ontario.

- 1976 - Egyptian ship SS Patria sinked in Red Sea and killed 100+ people.

- 1977 - Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian died (aged 88) in Switzerland.

- 2009 - China: Human rights activist Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 years in prison in Beijing. In 2010, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”.

- 2012 - Kazakhstan: Antonov An-72 plane crashed near Shymkent and killed 27 people.

- 2016 - A Russian military defense plane crashed into the Black Sea, killed 92 people on board.


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