Its 5 days to Christmas and there can be no denying the Santa fever.
While the young are crying to see Santa, the grown-ups are dying to party. Each Christmas season comes with its own drama: some unusual happenings here, epoch-making events there. Here are the top 5 historical events that happened during Christmas season.
Christmas Day, 1990: The World Wide Web was born!
Tim Berners-Lee—with help from CERN computer scientist Robert Cailliau and others—on Christmas Day 1990 set up the first successful communication between a Web browser and server via the Internet. It was a special moment, when info.cern.ch, the planet’s first web server, was up and running. Thanks to the vision of Tim & co, you can communicate with anyone and create anything at the snap of a finger.
Christmas Day 1818: The Song ‘Silent Night’ Is First Performed in Public
‘Silent Night’ is a traditional holiday carol that has been sung during the Yuletide season for close to 200 years now. It’s a hauntingly beautiful song, evocative of the deeper meanings beneath modern-day Christmas consumerism. The carol, known as ‘Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht’ in German, was first performed in the Austrian village of Oberndorf on Christmas Eve in 1818, at a Midnight Mass in the church of Saint Nicholas. From that special moment on, this lovely carol was engraved into the soul of Christmas.
Christmas Day, 1776: Washington Crosses the Delaware River
General George Washington crossed the Delaware River during the evening of December 25th, 1776. Washington wanted to catch the Hessian mercenaries (employed by the British military) by surprise, in the midst of their holiday celebrations and he did. The general crushed the enemy and captured plenty of arms and prisoners at the same time. Washington and his men won an outstanding Christmas victory, which went down in the American history books. How can we forget: George Washington served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.
Christmas Day, 1642: Isaac Newton Was Born
Sir Isaac Newton, widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and first to identify gravity, was born on Christmas Day in 1642 (according to the calendar being used at the time). In addition to his famous “discovery” of gravitational forces, He was also a pioneering mathematician and researcher in the field of optics. His contributions to humanity through the sciences and philosophy can’t be overstated. Every science student knows at least one of 3 Newtonian laws of motion. The birth of this amazing man could even be considered a Christmas gift to mankind.
Christmas Eve, 1968: Apollo 8 Reaches the Moon’s Orbit
On Christmas Eve, 1968, the American manned space mission, Apollo 8, reached the moon’s orbit. Apollo 8 was the first piloted spacecraft of any kind to break free from the Earth’s orbit and then circle around another celestial body. In honor of the historic event, the astronauts aboard the ship sent out a special live Christmas Eve broadcast, complete with images of the Earth and the moon, along with readings from the book of Genesis.
What are your plans for Christmas?
How will this year be different from previous years?
Whatever you do this season, make sure you plan for 2017, have fun, spend quality time with friends & family and reach out to the needy.
DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
Let’s make this season a ‘December to Remember’ for the less privileged ones in our community. For people like Ruth.
Ruth is a 10 year old with battered shoes, a hunger stricken frame and hair full of lice. Ruth shares tooth brush, barely takes her bath with soap and hopes from day to day to not go hungry, alongside 50 orphans at a tiny Orphanage.
By donating clothes (both new and the ones we rarely wear that are in good condition), food items, livestock, provision and more, we can help young people like Ruth in orphanages and villages in our communities across Nigeria on the 30th of December, 2016. Volunteers & donors are needed all over the nation.
INTERESTED? Reach out to:
Ogunbowale Olugbenga (Oyo)
Hannah Bassey (Akwa-Ibom)
Omole Kolawole (Ondo)
It’s up to us. All of us. To make a difference.
Winston Churchill said it best, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”.