Little Known Christmas Day History
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 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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