On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.
Charlemagne crowned the first Holy Roman Emperor.
William the Conqueror was crowned King of England.
Sir Isaac Newton born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England.
Exiled King James II of Great Britain arrives in France following the Glorious Revolution which deposed him. His ghost is said to haunt his residence in St Germain in Paris.
Cartoonist Robert L Ripley (Believe It or Not) born in Santa Rosa, California.
Actor Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca) born in New York.
Bandleader Cab Calloway born in Rochester, New York.
Author Quentin Crisp born in Sutton, Surrey, England.
TV pioneer Rod Serling (Twilight Zone) born in Syracuse, New York.
Writer Carlos Castaneda (The Teachings of Don Juan) born in São Paulo, Brazil.
Singer Jimmy Buffet born in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Actress Sissy Spacek born in Quitman, Texas.
Baseball player Rickey Henderson born in Chicago, Illinois.
Ringo Starr received a drumset for Christmas.
Disney's The Sword In The Stone was released.
New York Yankee manager Billy Martin killed in a car accident.
Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceauscescu and his wife were executed. Sic semper tyrannis!
Today from Chamber's Book of Days