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Little Known Christmas Day History

Updated on December 4, 2014

December 25th History

Every year around the world many humans celebrate Christmas day.

This is the day that is recognizing the birth of the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ.

Many children hang their stockings and put out cookies and milk for Saint Nickolas, better known as Santa Claus, on the eve of December 24th. They await this chubby man from the North Pole to enter the home and bring the presents they have been longing for.

These are the main things we know about December 25th.

What else do you know about December 25th? What other history has happened throughout time on the day we call Christmas day?

As a person who has always loved history, I decided to perform some deep research. Scroll down and discover some little known Christmas Day history.

Santa María ship model displayed in Fort San Cristóbal, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Santa María ship model displayed in Fort San Cristóbal, San Juan, Puerto Rico. | Source
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Santa Maria Destroyed

Columbus had parked his ship the Santa Maria off the coast of Haiti. He ordered certain crew members to keep a watch on her.

The crew members may have had a bit too much Caribbean rum and allowed the ship to run into the reefs. It was destroyed.

Haitians helped recover food, ammo, and other goods, but the Santa Maria became a fish house.

This all happened on December 25th of 1492.

Portrait of Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Portrait of Isaac Newton (1642-1727) | Source

Isaac Newton

One of the greatest scientists and philosophers of all time was born on Christmas day in 1642.

Did an apple really hit him in his head so that he discovered this thing called gravity? We really are not sure on that, but we do know he was born on December 25th.

President Andrew Johnson in 1860
President Andrew Johnson in 1860 | Source
Captured Confederate soldiers
Captured Confederate soldiers | Source

The Christmas Pardon

Once the Vice President of the great Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson was now President of the United States.

Many think he was one of the worst Presidents ever.

He was impeached.

One thing that many do not know is the generous Christmas gift he gave. He granted an unconditional pardon to all the Civil War Confederate soldiers on December 25th of 1868.


Humphrey Bogart

The year was 1899 and the day was December 25th.

One of the greatest actors to grace the screen was born on Christmas day.

Humphrey Bogart played in some great movies. Which ones have you seen?

  • The Petrified Forest
  • Dark Victory
  • High Sierra
  • Casablanca
  • Many More

You will find video below where Mr Bogart won an Oscar for the movie African Queen.

I have seen this movie numerous times and could watch it again.

The White House Drive Thru

In 1974 on Christmas day, the White House became the scene of a 4 hour stand-off between one Marshall Fields and Secret Service personnel.

It seems Fields drove his vehicle through the gate and parked on the White House lawn.

This was something that created a larger security look at the White House and other government properties.


I have spoke of births and occurrences, but we have lost prominent people on December 25th too.

This one is surely harmonizing as I type.

I Feel Good

— James Brown

R.I.P. James Brown

On December 25th of 2006, James Brown visited his dentist. He didn't look good and just hours later, he was dead.

A life of many obstacles didn't keep him from singing.

I love James Brown's songs as many others do.

Yes, James died on Christmas.


Christmas day has other history than what we see and know.

Hopefully you learned something in reading this hub.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas this year and years to come.

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© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      You are welcome. Have a Merry Christmas.

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      Wow great . I enjoyed reading all the other events that happened on the 25th of December. I know there are some more out there. Thanks for the information. :-)

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      You are correct, but we do at least celebrate the birth of out Savior. With the way it all is laid out in the Bible, He probably couldn't have been born on that day.

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Guess who was NOT born on Christmas Day? Jesus Christ! It is not known when He was born. It was Emperor Constantine who established the date as December 25th, back in 336 AD, when he decided to quit persecuting Christians and accept it as an official religion.

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Glad to provide some stuff you didn't know Bill. Merry Christmas to all of you up there in the Northwest too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting, Greg. I knew about the Civil War pardons, but the rest was new for me. Thanks for the information, and Happy Holidays to you and Maria.