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BITS OF HISTORY

(DECEMBER 25)

1926 - Emperor Hirohito acceded to the Japanese throne on the death of his father Taisho. Hirohito died in 1989.

1977 - Charlie Chaplin, British-born US star of silent comedy films, died.

1991 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, ceding power in Russia to Boris Yeltsin and marking the end of the Soviet Union.

2003 - One hundred and thirty-eight people were killed when a Boeing 727 bound for Beirut clipped a building after takeoff in Benin's capital, Cotonu and crashed into the Atlantic.

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