On Dec. 25, 1818, “Silent Night (Stille Nacht)” was publicly performed for the first time during the Christmas Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria. (Baltimore Sun files)
Dec. 25, 1776: Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.
Dec. 25, 1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan, succeeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito.
Dec. 26, 1799: Former President George Washington was eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”