Publication of the Theodosian Code
Baptism of Clovis, King of France
Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor
Assassination of Leo V, Emperor of Byzantium
Coronation of Charles "the Bald" as Emperor of the Franks
Coronation of Otto II as Holy Roman Emperor
Stephen crowned as Hungary's first King
William the Conqueror was crowned King William I of England.
Pope Gregory VII kidnapped while saying Mass
St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy.
Orlando Gibbons, whom Glenn Gould regarded as the greatest composer of all time, was baptized. By the age of 19 he was earning money for compositions. He was one of England's most prominent organists from the age of 21.
The Plymouth Colony bans card-playing
Death of Samuel de Champlain, explorer
British mathematician, physicist and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton born
General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.
"Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria: composed by organist Franz Gruber and Father Joseph Mohr.
American Red Cross founder Clara Barton born
President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.
Richard Wagner hired an orchestra to play music on Cosima's 33rd birthday. The music was the "Siegfried Idyll." She was sleeping upstairs until the orchestra began performing on the lower stairs.
Founder of the Republic of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah born
Hotel Magnet Conrad Hilton born
English author (Cicily Fairfield) Rebecca West (The Meaning of Treason, A Train of Powder, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, The Birds Fall Down) born
Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley born
Foster father Cal Farley Founder of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch born
John Philip Sousa wrote the melody to a song that had haunted him for days. On Christmas Day, that melody was finally titled, "The Stars and Stripes Forever."He had hoped the song would be a ballad - but alas, another march.
Actor Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Caine Mutiny, The Barefoot Contessa, Tokyo Joe, Key Largo) born
Singer and band leader Cab (Cabell) Calloway (`Highness of Hi-De-Ho': Minnie the Moocher) born
Singer (Alvin Morris) Tony Martin (It's a Blue World, To Each His Own, Kiss of Fire) born
The play, "Why Marry?", opened at the Astor Theatre in New York City. Jesse Lynch Williams won a Pulitzer the following year making ; "Why Marry?" the first dramatic play to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (Nobel Peace Prize winner with Israel's Menachim Begin in1978) born
Scriptwriter Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes, Seven Days in May) born
Hirohito became emperor of Japan, suceeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito (Hirohito was formally enthroned almost two years later).
New York's Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire opera over radio for the first time: "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck.
Arturo Toscanini conducted the first broadcast of "Symphony of the Air" over NBC radio.
The Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol", was read by Lionel Barrymore on "The Campbell Playhouse" on CBS radio. The reading of the tale became an annual radio event for years to come.
British Hong Kong surrendered to advancing Japanese forces.
Actress Hanna Schygulla (Dead Again, The Summer of Miss Forbes, Forever, Lulu, Casanova, Delta Force) born
Actor Gary Sandy (WKRP in Cincinnati, All That Glitters, Troll, Hail) born
Singer Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville, Come Monday, Changes in Latitudes - Changes in Attitudes; main `Parrot Head') born
Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka born
Comedian W.C. Fields died in Pasadena, California, at age 66.
Singer Barbara Mandrell (CMA Entertainer of the Year 1980, 1981; Female Vocalist of the Year 1979) born
Actress Sissy (Mary) Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter, Missing, The River, Carrie) born
Dick Tracy got married on Christmas Day. The comic strip hero married Tess Truehart.
Reggae singer-musician Robin Campbell (UB40) born
Country singer Steve Wariner born
Singer Shane McGowan (Transmetropolitan, Streams of Whiskey, Dark Streets of London, The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Dirty Old Town, Sally MacIennane, A Pair of Brown Eyes) born
Baseball outfielder Ricky Henderson born
Rock musician Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) born
Comedian Sir Charles Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88.
Country singer Alecia Elliott born
Authorities recaptured Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who had escaped two days earlier from the federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia, where she was serving a life sentence for her attempt on the life of President Ford.
Christmas services were held in Lockerbie, Scotland, where residents mourned the loss of 270 lives in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 with relatives of the victims.
Former baseball manager Billy Martin died in a traffic accident in Fenton, New York.
Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev won sweeping new powers from the Congress of People's Deputies.
Romania's former monarch, King Michael, arrived on his first visit to his homeland since Communist rulers forced him to abdicate four decades earlier -- but he was deported by the new Bucharest government less than 12 hours later.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a Communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.
US Marines delivered wheat to a refugee camp in Bardera, Somalia, setting off a small riot among the Somalis; American and French troops also took control of Hoddur.
Full-fledged Christmas celebrations returned to Bethlehem for the first time since the Palestinian uprising began six years earlier.
In London, an unidentified 59-year-old woman who'd been implanted with donated eggs gave birth to twins in a case that sparked controversy.
Pope John Paul the Second, in his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" message, bemoaned "selfishness and violence" around the world.
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at a Jerusalem bus stop, injuring a dozen other people.
Singer Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills home at age 78.
An ailing Pope John Paul the Second cut short his traditional Christmas greetings, telling crowds he was fighting to regain his health.
Peruvians held candles high and prayed outside the Japanese ambassador's residence, where leftist rebels freed one hostage for health reasons, but continued to hold more than 100 others.
Richard Bliss, a field technician for Qualcomm Incorporated accused of spying in Russia, arrived in San Diego after Russian authorities were persuaded to let him return home (however, Russia says its investigation of Bliss continues).
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld announced plans to fold his highly successful NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" at the end of the current season.
British mogul Richard Branson, American millionaire Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden gave up their attempt to make the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight seven days into their journey, ditching off Hawaii.
Space shuttle "Discovery's" astronauts finished their repair job on the Hubble Space Telescope.
A Cuban airplane crashed in northern Venezuela, killing all 22 aboard.
Australian troops receive Christmas show in Iraq
Fiesta Season begins in Colombia
Armenian Journalists Facing Prison Sentences in Turkey
Australian wheat to lose out in Iraqi market grab
Apaches accuse Prescott Bush of robbing Geronimo's grave
Cheney-Rumsfeld "Cabal" alleged in the USA
War between top lawyers in Greece
Taxi driver stabbed to death in Nova Scotia
United States 2003 National Adult Literacy Survey released
India wins its first cricket Test in South Africa
James Brown dies of pneumonia
Google Taiwan: Building knowledge sharing center-stage with innovations
No injuries after Antarctica research station support plane crashes
Israel says cluster bomb use was legal
Leaders throughout the world deliver Christmas messages
Apartment gas blast in Yevpatoria, Ukraine
FDA says Coca-Cola's Diet Coke Plus is misbranded
Over twenty dead after multiple bomb attacks in Iraq