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

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

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

1914 – Legendary “Christmas Truce” takes place on the battlefields of WW1 between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football.

1931 – NY’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire opera over radio.

1938 – George Cukor announces Vivian Leigh will play Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With The Wind”

1939 – Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th red-nosed reindeer.

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

1959 – Sony Brands transistor TV 8-301 to the market.

1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to bombing operations in North Vietnam, hoping to spur peace talks.

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

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

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

1995 – Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith scores NFL record 25th touchdown of the season in 37-13 win against Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe AZ.

1997 – For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion.

2008 – Phil Jackson becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games as his LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 92-83 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.

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

2020 – An RV detonates in downtown Nashville, Tennessee causing damage to people and property. Prior to detonating, a recorded message playing from speakers warning everyone to evacuate prior to an explosion.

2020 – New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara equals Ernie Nevers 1929 NFL record of 6 touchdowns in a match in the Saints’ 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.