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This Day in History – December 25

337 – Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on December 25.

352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on December 25th.

1621 – Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas.

1651 – Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for “observing any such day as Christmas”

1818 – Handel’s Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston.

1831 – Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as a holiday.

1896 – “Stars & Strips Forever” written by John Phillip Sousa.

1902 – Clyde Fitch’ “Girl with Green Eyes” premieres in NYC.

1917 – “Why Mary” 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in NYC.

1930 – 1st US Bobsled run open to public (Lake Placid, NY)

1938 – George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind”

1939 – Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer.

1940 – Richard Rogers & Lorenz Harts “Pal Joey” premieres in NYC.

1958 – Alan Freed’s Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens.

1962 – “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a film adaption of the novel by Harper Lee directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released.

1968 – Frank Borman’s Christmas reading while orbiting the Moon.

1974 – Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates at the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.

1983 – 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida.

1997 – Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season for his TV show.

2013 – “The Wolf of Wall Street”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released.

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