25th December

The events happened on 25th December are :

Today : Christmas celebrated worldwide : Though the precise origin of the date is unclear, Christmas, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, is celebrated on this day, having been first identified as the date of Jesus' birth by Sextus Julius Africanus in 221.

1991 : Mikhail Gorbachev resigned the presidency of the Soviet Union, which ceased to exist at the end of the year.

1979 : The Soviet Union began its occupation of Afghanistan during the Afghan War.

1977 : Charlie Chaplin, the British comedic actor and director who is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in motion-picture history, died in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

1776 : During the American Revolution, General George Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the British at Trenton, New Jersey.

1066 : William I was crowned king of England, formally completing the Norman Conquest.

800 : Charlemagne, king of the Franks, became the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

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