THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
  • 800 Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman Emperor
  • 1066 William the Conqueror is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, completing the Norman conquest of England
  • 1741 Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
  • 1868 Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech

Source: Onthisday.com

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