George Washington crosses the Delaware, "To Kill a Mockingbird" premieres, Gorbachev resigns, and passengers on a Christmas flight into Detroit foil the "Underwear Bomber," all on this day.
A.D. 336: The first recorded celebration of Christmas on December 25 takes place in Rome, according to an entry in the Chronograph of A.D. 354, or the Philocalian Calendar. The document reflects the dies natalis Christi, "the birthday of Christ," as the "eighth before the calends of January," or December 25.
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