Saturday, December 25, 2010

Today in US History

December 25...
1651  By order of the Puritan lawmakers in Massachusetts, any colonist caught observing Christmas with feasts or other festivities is fined five shillings.

1776  George Washington's army crosses the Delaware River on Christmas night for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey, the next morning.

1830  In South Carolina, the Best Friend of Charleston becomes the first U.S. locomotive to begin regularly scheduled passenger service.

1868  President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all Confederates involved in the Civil War.

1896  John Philip Sousa completes his most famous march, "Starts and Stripes Forever."

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