Thought for Today:
I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.--Issac Newton
Today's Highlight in History:
Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. It is traditionally celebrated on December 25 by most Western Christian churches. Although dating to probably as early as a.d. 200, the feast of Christmas did not become widespread until the Middle Ages. Aspects of celebration may include gift-giving, Christmas trees, display of Nativity sets, church attendance, the Father Christmas/Santa Claus myth, and family gatherings. The word Christmas is derived from Middle English Christemasse. It is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass". The name of the holiday is often shortened to Xmas because Roman letter "X" resembles the Greek letter X, an abbreviation for Christ.
1642: English mathematician and scientist Isaac Newton died on December 25th.He invented differential calculus and formulated the theory of universal gravitation, a theory about the nature of light, and three laws of motion. His great treatise on gravitation, presented in Principia Mathematica (1687), was supposedly inspired by the sight of a falling apple. His discoveries were so numerous and varied that many consider him to be the father of modern science.
1977: Charlie Chaplin, a British-born superstar of silent comedies and one of the great icons of 20th-century film,died on December 25 at the age of 88.Chaplin was one of the most creative and influential personalities in the silent film era: he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually even scored his own films. His working life in entertainment spanned over 70 years, from the British Victorian stage and music hall in England as a child performer, almost until his death at the age of 88. He led one of the most remarkable and colorful lives of the 20th century, from a Dickens-like London childhood to the pinnacle of world fame in the film industry and as a cultural icon. His productions include The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), and City Lights (1931).