On This Day…

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1– 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus.
800 – Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman Emperor.
1066  William the Conqueror is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, completing the Norman conquest of England.
1741– Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale.
1868– Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War).
1914 – Legendary “Christmas Truce’’ takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football. 
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.
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech.
2006 – American singer and songwriter James Brown, known as “the Godfather of Soul,” died in Atlanta. 

Film: 1962– “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck – Best Actor Academy Awards 1963). 

 Via Britannica / On This Day 

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