Today in history: December 25

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Queen Elizabeth (right) and Princess Alexandra (left) at an event in Surrey in 1989

Hostility and peace

On this day in 1651, the General Court of Boston levies a five shilling fine on anyone caught celebrating Christmas. But in the following centuries Christmas is mostly remembered as a time of love and peace.

On this day in 1776, George Washington crossed the Delaware River with 5,400 troops during the American Revolution to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey.

Similarly, on this day in 1914, German and British troops on the Western Front declared an unofficial truce to celebrate Christmas during World War I. Also on this day in 1944, British Prince Minister, Winston Churchill goes to Athens to seek an end to Greek civil war.

Famous birthdays

On this day in 1936, Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogivly, was born. Her name may not ring a bell like that of millennial princes and princessses. But she’s one of the most hardworking royals in the United Kingdom.

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Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogivly

She is the daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent and the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary. She was the first royal to attend public school and grew up in relative poverty after the sudden death of her father.

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Princess Alexandra and her Majesty, the Queen pictured recently

Howevr, her fortunes changed when her cousin and confidante, Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne. Princess Alexandra is still active and was honoured recently by her Majesty, the Queen. She is the 50th in line to the British throne.

Also on this day in 1642, renowned mathematician and scientist, Sir Isaac Newton was born. Newton articulated the laws of motion and the law of gravity.

Merry Christams!

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