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This Day in History for December 25 — ‘White Christmas’ Premieres, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1066: William the Conqueror is crowned King of England (more info)

1776: George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey (more info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 25 — Jimmy Buffett and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jimmy Buffett
Age: 66
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician
Known For: His "island escapism" style of music, songs such as 'Margaritaville' and 'Come Monday,' his devoted base of fans known as Parrotheads, and owning several themed restaurants

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2 Firefighters Shot and Killed at Scene of Fire in Webster, N.Y.; Gunman Dead (UPDATED)

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. EST: Authorities have identified the gunman as William Spengler, an ex-convict who spent 17 years in prison for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother in 1980.

Spengler was paroled for the crime in 1998.

Police also have not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with Spengler.

Authorities also report that a total of seven houses were destroyed in the blaze.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST: Police chief Gerald Pickering says that the gunman, who was killed at the scene, either by police or from a self-inflicted wound, may have set a trap for first responders.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. EST: The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman who killed the two firefighters is also dead. His body was found at the scene. The names of the two deceased firefighters, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, are Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. The names of the wounded firefighters are Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino.

Early Monday morning two firefighters were shot and killed when responding to a call in Webster, New York, just outside Rochester. After the firefighters arrived at 191 Lake Road, an unknown shooter fired at them as they left their truck, killing two of them and wounding two others. The wounded men are at a nearby hospital; one is in stable condition, the other is in guarded condition.

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Wayne LaPierre
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NRA Calls for Armed Guards at Schools

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, read a statement Friday morning in reaction to last week's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. He called for installing armed guards in schools to prevent future gun violence against students.

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This Day in History for December 21 — Pilgrims Hit Plymouth Rock, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (more info)

1898: Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (more info)

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Samuel L. Jackson
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 21 — Samuel L. Jackson and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Samuel L. Jackson
Age: 64
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Appearing in more than 100 movies, most notably 'Pulp Fiction,' the 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy and 'Snakes on a Plane,' being an avid golfer, and his hilariously and famously foul mouth

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Jonah Hill
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 20 — Jonah Hill and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jonah Hill
Age: 29
Occupation: Actor, Screenwriter and Comedian
Known For: Roles in films like 'Superbad,' 'Knocked Up,' 'Funny People,' 'Get Him to the Greek' and 'Moneyball', and creating the short-lived cartoon 'Allen Gregory'

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This Day in History for December 19 — House Impeaches Bill Clinton, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776: Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled 'The American Crisis' (more info)

1777: George Washington's Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (more info)

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Jake Gyllenhaal
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 19 — Jake Gyllenhaal and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

 

Jake Gyllenhaal
Age: 32
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Roles in films like 'Donnie Darko,' 'The Day After Tomorrow' and 'Jarhead,' earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jack Twist in the film 'Brokeback Mountain,' being the little brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and previous relationships with Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon

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This Day in History for December 17 — Wright Brothers’ First Flight, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1903: Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make history's first successful flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft (more info)

1944: The U.S. Army announces the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing "evacuees" to return home (more info)

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Milla Jovovich
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 17 — Milla Jovovich and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Milla Jovovich
Age: 37
Occupation: Actress and Model
Known For: Appearing in 'Dazed and Confused,' 'The Fifth Element,' and 'The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,' starring in the film adaptation of the video game 'Resident Evil,' and founding the production company Creature Entertainment

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