John, King of England born.
John was the youngest son King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for Silent Night to words written by Josef Mohr.
Poet Matthew Arnold (Dover Beach) born in Laleham, England.
Film director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) born in Budapest, Hungary.
Poet Langston Hughes born in Joplin, Missouri.
Collage artist Joseph Cornell born in Nyack, New York.
Aviator Howard Hughes born in Humble, Texas.
An unofficialChristmas truce breaks out along the Western Front during World War I.
Film star Ava Gardner born in Brogden, North Carolina.
The first V-1 buzz bomb flew from Peenemonde, Germany.