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.
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.
George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River by cover of darkness to attack British forces at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day.
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.
A group of Scottish nationalist sudents abscond with the Stone of Scone, the traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, from Westminster Abbey.
Ringo Starr received a drum set for Christmas.
Disney#39;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 by firing squad. Sic semper tyrannis!