Christmas Day, 1913 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany  – Oberstabarzt (Military Doctor) Ernst Gadermann, German World War 2 doctor, recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, veteran  Luftwaffe gunner and post war cardiologist, chief of the 1972 summer olympics sports medicine faculty.

Christmas entertainment: In Baroona, Queensland, Australia – and no doubt in many other homes around the world – a piano provides the centrepiece for a family Christmas.

The call of duty: In Gervais, Oregon, Marshall John Zoller of the Gervais PD succumbs to gun-shot wounds sustained two weeks ago while confronting two burglars. He leaves behind a widow and 12 children.