So we all know that on 25 December, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, however, this peculiar date has also become popular for several other reasons and today the world connects with 25 December in many other ways.
Here are a few of the most significant events that took place on 25 December.
Isaac Newton was born
Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in Lincolnshire on 25 December 1642. By the time of his death in 1727 he had advanced every form of mathematics that then existed as well as discovering laws of physics and mathematical techniques that are still taught in schools today. He was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian, who has been “considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived.
James Brown dies Christmas Day 2006
American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is a pioneer of the Funk music genre and is recognised as a major figure in the 20th century popular music for both his vocals and dancing. He has been referred to as “The Godfather of Soul,” “Mr. Dynamite,” “Soul Brother Number One” and “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”
World War I armistice
Both the British and German armies along the Western Front took some time out on Christmas Day 1914 after an unofficial truce was made. Instead of battling it out, soldiers exchanged seasonal greetings, sung Christmas Carols and met on No Man’s Land where thousands of men of war even swapped gifts, like food, tobacco and alcohol
Apollo 8 enters lunar
Even scientists who don’t believe in creation have a reason to celebrate on Christmas day. In 1968, Americans watched a special Christmas Eve broadcast live from the Apollo 8 spacecraft – it became the most-watched television broadcast.
Initial test run of the World Wide Web
On Christmas Day in the year 1990, computer scientists completed the first successful trial run of a system that consisted of only two computers and a single server – which would eventually become the World Wide Web.