There are a lot of important historical events that happened on December 25th. So today we have an interesting list of the Top 10 Historical Events That Happened On December 25th. Check them out!

(These events are in chronological order)


10. First Christmas (336 AD)


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The record of the first ever Christmas that was celebrated on December 25th comes from a list of Roman bishops that was collected in 354 AD. For the date 336 AD, it was written: 25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae, which translates to December 25th Christ Born in Bethlehem, Judea.

Nobody knows for sure when when the birthday of Jesus actually is. It is said that the date December 25th was selected just because that date was already used by many cultures as a festive holiday.


9. Coronation of Charlemagne (800 AD)


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Coronation of Charlemagne of also happened on December 25th. He was one of the most famous rulers of the Middle Ages. He was originally the King of the Franks, a West Germanic confederation of tribes, but he then spread out his empire throughout Western and Central Europe, conquering Italy and the Saxons. He is actually thought to be the founder of the French and German monarchies. He was the one who united most of Western Europe for the very first time since the domination of the Roman Empire. He served as the first Holy Roman Emperor of the Carolingian dynasty from 800-814 AD!


8. Kingdom of Hungary Formed (1000 AD)


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Hungary was established as a Christian kingdom on December 25. It become the Kingdom of Hungary with the coronation of Stephen I by Pope Sylvester II as the king of Hungary. This thing reconstructed the whole Hungarian society. Catholicism gained a lot of strength and the restruction of Hungary’s kingdom administration along the Frankish Empire model also happened.


7. William the Conqueror Crowned (1066 AD)


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The crowning of William the Conqueror as the King of England was one of the most important event in the history of Europe. William the Conqueror became the first Norman King of England and this was a great moment in the history of Norman Conquest of England. William invaded England after his victory over King Harold II of England at the Battle of Hastings. This led to the removal of native ruling class which was then replaced by a French-speaking monarchy, aristocracy, and clergy. This invasion of England then led to the Norman invasion of Wales and Ireland.


6. Sir Isaac Newton’s Birth (1642 AD)


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Yes, Sir Isaac Newton was also born on December 25. He is one of the most influential scientists who ever lived on this planet. He published Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which is one of the most important works on physics. He was the one who defined the famous three laws of motion, which are known as the Newton’s laws. He simply revolutionized the world of science.


5. Halley’s Comet Confirmed (1758 AD)


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Halley’s Comet is a short-period comet that becomes visible on our planet every 75 – 76 years. This comet had always been observed by astronomers since at least 240 BC, but it was in 1705 that a scientist named Edmond Halley said that it was the same comet. This meant that the comet would become visible on earth in 1758. And the awesome thing is that it was spotted on December 25th of that year by Johann Georg Palitzsh.


4. Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware (1776 AD)


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This was one of the greatest moment in the histtory of America as it turned the American War for Independence from the Colonial British to the American revolutionaries. In 1776, George Washington led the Continental Army over the frozen Delaware River to carry out a surprise attack against the Hessian mercenary forces in Trenton, New Jersey. This surprise attack was a great success as they only lost 9 men while captured
1,000 prisoners.


3. First Game of Ice Hockey (1855 AD)


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December 25th, 1855 was the date when the first ever ice hockey game was played. According to the story told, it was the soldiers of the Royal Canadian Rifles at the Tête du Pont barracks who started playing a game using field hockey sticks and lacrosse balls while they were clearing ice from Lake Ontario. That game is now known as ice hockey.


2. Christmas Truce (1914 AD)


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Christmas Truce is a really famous event of the history of World War One. On Christmas Day, 1914, many unofficial truces took place between British and German troops. About 100,000 British and German troops were a part of these truces. The soldiers sang carols and exchanged gifts. This truce has been mentioned many times in literature, movies etc.


1. Gorbachev’s Resignation (1991 AD)


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Two really important events occured on December 25th of year 1991. First being the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union. He resigned from his position after an August coup by members USSR’s government. It was this day when the Soviet Union was officially dissolved. The second great important event that happened on the same day was was a Ukrainian referendum that removed them from the Soviet Union.