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This day in history

Tuesday, Dec. 25, is the 360th day of 2012. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Jimmy Buffett is 66. Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 66. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 64. Actress Sissy Spacek is 63. Former White House adviser Karl Rove is 62. Actress CCH Pounder is 60. Singer Annie Lennox is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson is 54. Singer Dido is 41.

In A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome.

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In 1776, General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J.

In 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.

In 1989, ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising.

In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.

In 2009, passengers on a Northwest Airlines flight foiled an attempt to blow up the plane as it was landing in Detroit by seizing a man who tried to set off explosives in his underwear.

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