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 This day in History - December 24
303 Historic Events for December 24
1991

Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of Soviet Union

Event
1991

Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46

Death
1992

Pres Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger of Iran-contra affair

Event
1992

Abdulkadir Widjojoatmodjo, Java diplomat, dies

Death
1992

Pierre Culliford [Peyo], Belgian cartoonist (Smurfs), dies at 64

Death
1993

Yen Chia-kan, PM/Pres of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies

Death
1993

Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81

Death
1993

Norman Vincent Peale, rev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95

Death
1994

Nathan I. Daniel, inventor (Guitars), dies at 82

Death
1994

Rossano Brazzi, It resistance fight/actor (Final Justice), dies at 78

Death
1994

Louise H "Lous" Hensen, actress (Uncle Wanja, Charlotte), dies at 74

Death
1994

Julie Haydon, [Donella Donaldson], US actress (Scoundrel), dies at 84

Death
1994

John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Luther), dies at 65

Death
1994

John Keith Wright, English Asst Sect of State (1971-84), dies at 66

Death
1994

John James Osborne, playwright, dies at 65

Death
1994

John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47

Death
1994

Jimmy Buddy Lee Land Ace, singer, dies at 57

Death
1994

4 Moslem fundamentalists capture Air France pilot in Algiers

Event
1995

Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist, dies at 76

Death
1995

Harry McLevy, trade unionist, dies at 59

Death
1996

Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47

Death
1996

Nguyen Huu Tho, Pres of Vietnam (1980-81), dies

Death
1996

Edward Leadbitter, politician, dies at 77

Death
1997

1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City

Event
1997

Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69

Death