In 1843, Ebeneezer Scrooge proves to be better than his word and gains a fine reputation as a kind and generous man who embodies the spirit of Christmas in his life.
In addition, Tiny Tim, who lives thanks to Scrooge's assistance, becomes very close to the old man.
|In 2015, the Department for Children, Families and Virtual Learning issued its annual report. Behavioural problems still continued to trouble the classroom, years after the last human teacher had been removed from the learning environment.|
|In 1923, Namba Daisuke assassinated Prince Regent Hirohito of Japan. His father, a Member of the Imperial Diet until the act of his son forced him to resign, and his married sister exiled themselves to Java in order to escape the disgrace which Namba, by his act, had brought upon the family. In November 1924, Daisuke was found guilty at an extraordinary session of the Supreme Court. When Chief Justice Yokota of the Supreme Court condemned Namba to be hanged, Namba defiantly yelled back: "Long live the Communist Party of Japan!" He was executed on the gallows only days later. The family reportedly changed its name to "Kurokawa".|
|In 1968, - Apollo Program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending humanity's first manned mission to the Moon. After launching on December 21, 1968, the crew took three days to travel to the Moon, which they orbited for 20 hours. While in lunar orbit the crew made a Christmas Eve television broadcast in which they read from the book of Genesis. It was the most watched broadcast to date; not one of the viewers had a clue what the book of Genesis was.|
|In 1929, Leon Trotsky was deported from the Soviet Union. His first station in exile was at Büyükada off the coast of Istanbul, travelling across Europe eventually to Mexico City. Frustratingly, he was unable to find the vampire hunters he required to return and end the misrule of Lenin. Following a series of strokes in the early 1920s, Lenin's body had become unserviceable and he now possessed the body of the rude Georgian, Comrade Stalin.|
|In 1972, on this day the fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson died. He had led the nation of Canada from April 22, 1963, to April 20, 1968, as the head of two back-to-back minority governments following elections in 1963 and 1965. An outspoken critic of Apartheid, Pearson, along with the leader of the British Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe, was targeted by South African agents who quietly assassinated both men in the early 1970s.|
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