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This Day in History for December 25 — ‘White Christmas’ Premieres, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1066: William the Conqueror is crowned King of England (more info)

1776: George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey (more info)

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Jimmy Buffett
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 25 — Jimmy Buffett and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jimmy Buffett
Age: 66
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician
Known For: His "island escapism" style of music, songs such as 'Margaritaville' and 'Come Monday,' his devoted base of fans known as Parrotheads, and owning several themed restaurants

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2 Firefighters Shot and Killed at Scene of Fire in Webster, N.Y.; Gunman Dead (UPDATED)

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. EST: Authorities have identified the gunman as William Spengler, an ex-convict who spent 17 years in prison for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother in 1980.

Spengler was paroled for the crime in 1998.

Police also have not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with Spengler.

Authorities also report that a total of seven houses were destroyed in the blaze.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST: Police chief Gerald Pickering says that the gunman, who was killed at the scene, either by police or from a self-inflicted wound, may have set a trap for first responders.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. EST: The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman who killed the two firefighters is also dead. His body was found at the scene. The names of the two deceased firefighters, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, are Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. The names of the wounded firefighters are Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino.

Early Monday morning two firefighters were shot and killed when responding to a call in Webster, New York, just outside Rochester. After the firefighters arrived at 191 Lake Road, an unknown shooter fired at them as they left their truck, killing two of them and wounding two others. The wounded men are at a nearby hospital; one is in stable condition, the other is in guarded condition.

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This Day in History for December 22 — Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807: At the urging of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress passes the Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries (more info)

1941: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy (more info)

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Ralph Fiennes
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 22 — Ralph Fiennes and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Ralph Fiennes
Age: 50
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing Lord Voldemort in the 'Harry Potter' film series, giving Oscar-nominated performances in 'The English Patient' and 'Schindler's List,' and a 2007 incident in which he joined the Mile High Club with a Qantas flight attendant

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New Movies This Weekend — ‘Jack Reacher,’ ‘This Is 40,’ ‘On the Road’ and More

This weekend sees a variety of new releases, from star-studded Hollywood action and big-name comedy, to smaller, art-house fare and an animated classic now in 3-D. And that’s not even including next Tuesday’s Christmas openings, which, all combined, makes for a very busy—and very fun—holiday moviegoing experience.

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This Day in History for December 21 — Pilgrims Hit Plymouth Rock, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (more info)

1898: Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (more info)

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Samuel L. Jackson
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 21 — Samuel L. Jackson and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Samuel L. Jackson
Age: 64
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Appearing in more than 100 movies, most notably 'Pulp Fiction,' the 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy and 'Snakes on a Plane,' being an avid golfer, and his hilariously and famously foul mouth

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Jonah Hill
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 20 — Jonah Hill and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jonah Hill
Age: 29
Occupation: Actor, Screenwriter and Comedian
Known For: Roles in films like 'Superbad,' 'Knocked Up,' 'Funny People,' 'Get Him to the Greek' and 'Moneyball', and creating the short-lived cartoon 'Allen Gregory'

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