On This Day In History, 25 December

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World Events Today

  • William the Conqueror, also known as William the Bastard, was crowned King of England today in 1066 at Westminster Abbey
  • After a show trial, the last Communist leader of Romania, Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena, were found guilty and then executed, today in 1989
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, formally resigned today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • Test cricket, was played for the first time on Christmas Day today in 1951 in Adelaide, it was the third day of a Test match between Australia and the West Indies
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, the movie based on the novel by Harper Lee, starring Gregory Peck, was released today in 1962, it won 3 Academy Awards
  • The American caper movie The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, was released today in 1973, it won 7 Academy Awards

Family Events Today

  • The American actor Humphrey Bogart, who starred in Casablanca and The African Queen, was born today in 1899 in New York City
  • The British comic actor Charlie Chaplin, star of the silent film, died today in 1977 aged 88
  • Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, better known as the British singer-songwriter George Michael, died today in 2016 aged 53

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Pumpkin Pie Day

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