1066 William the Conqueror's coronation was held at Westminster
1642 * Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician who published his
theory on gravitation in 1685.
1800 The first Christmas tree in Britain erected at Queen's Lodge,
Windsor by Queen Charlotte.
1887 * Conrad Hilton, US hotelier who founded one of the largest
hotel groups in the world.
1899 * Humphrey Bogart, legendary US actor who starred in the film
1914 A one day truce was agreed between British and German troops on
the western front.
1926 Hirohito acceded to the throne on the death of his father
1932 King George V made the first Royal broadcast to the Empire.
1949 * Sissy Spacek, US actress who starred in the film Carrie
1950 The Scottish coronation stone, "the Stone of Scone" was stolen
from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalists.
1952 British and Commonwealth listeners heard the Queen's first
Christmas broadcast since her accession to the throne.
1977 Charlie Chaplin, the comic genius of silent films, died at his
home in Switzerland at the age of 88.
1989 Dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceaucescu and his wife Elena, were
1991 Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union for almost seven
years and executive president for nearly two resigned.
2003 Scientists failed to make contact with British-built Mars probe
Beagle 2, which should have landed on the Red Planet earlier today.
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