December 25


1827 – The first school in Grand Rapids, MI was opened. Five Indians and one adult white laborer were the first students. By April, there were 15 students who were fed and clothed by missions.

1867 – The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad began service between Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs, MI.

1930 – The Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opened to the public. It was the first bobsled track of international specifications to open in the U.S.

1939 – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was read on CBS radio for the first time.

1962 – The Department of Commerce Census Clock in Washington, DC, recorded the U.S. population on this day at 188,000,000.

1968 – Apollo 8 performed the very first successful Trans-Earth injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.

1996 – The movie, “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, starring Courtney Love was released.

1998 – Near Hawaii, seven days into their journey, Virgin mogul Richard Branson, Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden gave up an attempt to make the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight.

2003 – The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, which was released from the Mars Express spacecraft on December 19th, stopped transmitting shortly before its scheduled landing.

2004 – The Cassini orbiter released Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14th, 2005.

2008 – The movie “Marley and Me” premiered in theaters.



Dick Miller 1928 – Actor (“Gremlins”, “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”, “The Explorers”, “Piranha”, “The Howling”, “A Bucket of Blood”, “The Little Shop of Horrors”, “Chopping Mall”, “Night of the Creeps”, “The Terminator”, “The ‘Burbs”, “Small Soldiers”)

Gary Sandy 1945 – Actor (TV’s “WKRP In Cincinnati”)

Jimmy Buffett 1946 – Singer

Barbara Mandrell 1948 – Country singer

Sissy Spacek 1949 – Actress (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “In the Bedroom”, “Crimes of the Heart”, “The River”, “Missing”, “Carrie”)

C.C.H. Pounder 1952 – Actress (“Avatar”, “Face/Off”, “End of Days”, “Bagdad Cafe”, TV’s “Brothers”, “The Shield”, “The X-Files”)

Annie Lennox 1954 – Singer (Eurythmics)

Klea Scott 1968 – Actress (“Minority Report”, “Collateral”, TV’s “Millennium”)

Noel Hogan 1971 – Musician (The Cranberries)

Alecia Elliott 1982 – Country singer, actress (TV’s “All About Us”)



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