DECEMBER 25 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your family, pets and friends”                            ~ from Anton K

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Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree watching over Melbourne on Christmas Eve at sunset. View from the hills of Boronia in the Dandenongs ~ photo by Anton K (2011)

7BC– ~ Jesus Christ of Nazareth was born on the 25th December 7-2 BC.

1628 – Noël Coypel the French painter was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1628 (d. 1707).

1643 – Christmas Island was found and named by Captain William Mynors on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1643.

1642 – Isaac Newton the English scientist and mathematician was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1642 (d. 1727).

1856 – Hans von Bartels the German painter was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1856 (d. 1913).

1870 – Helena Rubinstein the Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1870 (d. 1965).

1887 – Conrad Hilton the American hotelier was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1887 (d. 1979).

1899 – Humphrey Bogart the American actor was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1889 (d. 1957).

1908 – Quentin Crisp the English author was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1908 (d. 1999).

1913 – Tony Martin the American singer and actor was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1913 (d. 2012).

1928 – Dick Miller the American actor was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1928.

1937 – O’Kelly Isley, Jr. the American singer from The Isley Brothers was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1937 (d. 1986).

1938 – Duane Armstrong the American painter was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1938.

1944 – Kenny Everett the British entertainer was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1944 (d. 1995).

1949 – Sissy Spacek the American actress was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1949.

1946 – W. C. Fields the American comedian died on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1946 (b. 1880).

1954 – Annie Lennox the Scottish singer was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1954.

1955 – Alannah Myles the Canadian singer was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1955.

1959 – Michael P. Anderson the American astronaut was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1959. Michael died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on the 1st February 2003, aged 43.

1962 – Darren Wharton the British keyboardist from Thin Lizzy was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1962.

1965 ~ Thunderbirds premiered for the first time on London television on the 25th December 1965. Thunderbirds originally premiered for the 1st time in the World on the ATV Midlands broadcasting region 3 months earlier on the 30th September 1965. The children’s television series about a rescue organisation was inspired by a real life disaster rescue on the 7th November 1963, when 11 West German miners were rescued from a collapsed mine after surviving for 14 days, an event later known as the Wunder von Lengede (Miracle of Lengede).

1968 – Helena Christensen the Danish model was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1968.

1968 – Apollo 8 performed the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneuver on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1968, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.

1971 – Dido the English singer was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1971.

1974 – Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1974.

1984 – The Veronicas, the Australian rock duo twin sisters Jessica & Lisa Origliasso were born in Albany CreekBrisbane on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1984.

1990 – The first successful trial run of the World Wide Web was conducted on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1990.

1995 – Dean Martin the American singer died on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1995 (b. 1917).

1977 – Charlie Chaplin the English actor and film director died on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1977 (b. 1889).

2006 – James Brown the American singer  died on Christmas Day on the 25th December 2006 (b. 1933)

2004 – Huygens probe was released by Cassini orbiter on Christmas Day on the 25th December 2004, which successfully landed on Saturn‘s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

2008 – Eartha Kitt the American actress and singer  died on Christmas Day on the 25th December 2008 (b. 1927).

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