Shimla, Dec. 25

This Day in History

2006

American singer and songwriter James Brown, known as “the Godfather of Soul,” died at the age of 73.Test your knowledge of music

1991

Mikhail Gorbachev resigned the presidency of the Soviet Union, which ceased to exist at the end of the year.How much do you know about Russian history?

1977

Charlie Chaplin, the British comedic actor and director who is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in motion-picture history, died in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.Take our quiz about movies

1962

The film adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird premiered and became a classic, especially noted for Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch.Test your knowledge of To Kill a Mockingbird

1821

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was born in Oxford, Massachusetts.Take our quiz about the United States

1776

During the American Revolution, General George Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the British at Trenton, New Jersey.Read our timeline of the American Revolution

1066

William I was crowned king of England, formally completing the Norman Conquest.How much do you know about the kings of England?

800

Charlemagne, king of the Franks, became the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

 

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