25 December 1611
On this date in 1611…
Sir Thomas Dale led a band of Jamestown colonists up the James River to burn the main Appomattoc village in retalliation for a September attack that killed 20 men. Dale built a new settlement called Bermuda Hundred at the site.
- 1780 – John Sevier, and troops from Virginia, burned the Cherokee town of Chota, Tennessee, and several other nearby villages.
- 1861 – Trent affair ended with release of Confederate Commissioners to England, Mason & Slidell to the British.
- 1864 – Federal troops unsuccessfully attacked Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
- 1868 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in defending the Confederate States during the War of Northern Aggression.
- 1971 – The longest pro-football game to date finally ended when Garo Yepremian kicked a field goal in the second quarter of sudden death overtime as the Miami Dolphins defeated Kansas City, 27-24. The game lasted 82 minutes and 40 seconds of playing time.
- 1983 – The first live telecast of the EPCOT Center Christmas Parade aired from Disney World in Florida.
- 1991 – The Cold War ended as Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced his resignation as leader of a Communist superpower that no longer existed.
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