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Can you name the facts about historical events that took place on Christmas Day?

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800This man is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III.
1066This man ascends to the throne of England.
1492This ship, piloted by Columbus, runs aground on Hispaniola
1741A famous Swedish astronomer introduces this temperature scale which bears his name.
1776George Washington leads troops across this river and defeats an army of Hessians in a surprise attack.
1868Despite opposition, this US president grants an unconditional pardon to all people involved in the US Civil War.
1896John Philip Sousa composes this, one of his most popular marches.
1914Troops from this country instigate a Christmas truce in the middle of WWI that leads to soldiers from opposing sides exchanging small gifts and playing soccer.
1930Built for the 1932 Olympics, the first US site for this sport opens in Lake Placid, NY.
1941The British surrender this colony to Japan during WWII.
YearAnswerClue
1950The Stone of Scone, the Scottist coronation stone, is stolen from this London church.
1962This classic film, starring Gregory Peck and featuring Robert Duvall in his first film role, is released.
1967There is an official announcement of Paul McCartney's engagement to this actress, although the wedding is later called off.
1971The worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at the Taeyokale Hotel in this Pacific Rim city.
1974Marshall Fields crashes his Chevy Impala through the gates of this building, leading to a four-hour standoff with authorities.
1987This woman, convicted of attempting to assassinate US President Ford in 1975, is recaptured two days after escaping prison.
1991This man resigns as executive president of the USSR, concluding its dissolution.
1996This six-year old is murdered in Boulder, CO, leading to a national frenzy that lasts several years, but never produces a conviction.
2002Playing for this university, Katie Hnida becomes the first woman to play in a Division 1 football game when she attempts an extra point in the Las Vegas Bowl.
2008With the Los Angeles Lakers, this man becomes the sixth person to win 1000 NBA games as head coach.

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