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Thursday, December 25, 1997

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  • "I think fruitcake is misunderstood."

    -- Collin Street Bakery President Bob McNutt

    Today's events

  • Much of the world celebrates Christmas.

  • Algeria holds parliamentary elections.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, December 26, one of the busiest U.S. shopping days of the year begins with consumers rushing to grab after-Christmas bargains.

  • On Saturday, December 27, National Football League wild-card playoff games are held.

  • On Monday, December 29, Kenya holds presidential and general elections.

  • On Tuesday, December 30, World Universities' Debating Championships will be held in Athens, Greece.

  • On Wednesday, December 31, Luxembourg relinquishes its six-month rotating presidency of the European Union.

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    On this day

  • In 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on December 25 took place in Rome.

  • In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England.

  • In 1758, Halley's comet was first sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch.

  • In 1776, George Washington led troops across the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.

  • In 1818, "Silent Night" by Franz Joseph Gruber and Joseph Mohr was sung for the first time.

  • In 1843, the first theater matinee was held at Olympic Theatre in New York City.

  • In 1868, President Johnson granted unconditional pardon to all involved in the Civil War.

  • In 1926, Hirohito became emperor of Japan.

  • In 1941, Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong.

  • In 1963, Walt Disney's "The Sword In The Stone" is released.

  • In 1977, Charlie Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88.

  • In 1977, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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    Holidays and more

  • Much of the world celebrates Christmas.

  • Angola and Mozambique celebrate Family Day.

  • Congo celebrates Children's Day.

  • Taiwan celebrates Constitution Day.

  • Singer Jimmy Buffett is 51.

  • Football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka is 51.

  • Singer Annie Lennox is 43.

  • Singer Barbara Mandrell is 49.

  • Singer Little Richard is 62.

  • Actor Gary Sandy is 52.

  • Actress Sissy Spacek is 48.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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