December 25

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1980 Percival Arland Ussher, writer, philosopher and Irish scholar who published the first translation of Brian Merriman’s The midnight court, died.
  • 1989 The Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed after a brief military trial.
  • 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. The Cold War ended the following day, when the Supreme Soviet met and formally dissolved the Soviet Union.
  • 1066 William of Normandy, latterly known as William the Conqueror, was crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey.

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