25th December

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1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president Following the former Soviet republics forming the Commonwealth of Independent States, Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union
1989 Nicolae Ceausescu executed Ex Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena are executed after being found guilty of crimes against the state.
1977 Charlie Chaplin dies Silent film star Charlie Chaplin dies at the age of 88 at his home in Switzerland
1974 Cyclone devastates Darwin Darwin, Australia, is wrecked by a Cyclone that leaves thousands homeless.
1952 Queen Elizabeth II makes first Christmas speech Queen Elizabeth II makes her first Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth as Queen of England.
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