Saturday, December 25, 2010

On this day in history...

December 25th has been a pretty busy day in history...

Of course, you know that a couple thousand years ago, Jesus was born on this day. Merry Christmas! Go Jesus!

On December 25th, 1776 General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey. The attack took place at 8:00am on the 26th. The victory was not particularly significant from a strategic point of view, but news of Washington's initiative raised the spirits of the American colonists, who previously feared that the Continental Army was incapable of victory.

On December 25th, 1868 President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to everyone involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.

On December 25th, 1990 The World Wide Web was born as computer scientists Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau created the world's first hyperlinked Web page.