Today is the 359th day of the year, with only 6 days remaining until the new year.
800 - Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in Rome.
1066 - William the Conqueror is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
1776 - George Washington and his army cross the Delaware River to attack the Kingdom of Great Britain's Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey.
1818 - The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Obendorf, Austria.
1868 - President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers.
1914 - Known as the Christmas truce, German and British troops on the Western Front temporarily cease fire.
1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor, to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
1974 - Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union, which dissolved the next day. Ukraine referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the USSR.
2007 - In some odd occurrence, a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escapes from its enclosure, and attacks three people, killing one.