In Hong Kong 1964: A man was killed and more than 93 people were injured in one of the blackest Christmas holidays on record on the colony's roads. A total of 201 road accidents were recorded during the festive period. 1967: Fung Kei, a mother of five children who lived on a sampan, gave birth to triplets on Christmas day. Government and welfare agencies later investigated transferring the family to a resettlement estate on 'compassionate grounds'. 1969: Gary Lewis and the Playboys drew hundreds of fans to a concert at City Hall. Earlier, group members were reunited with their passports, thanks to the help of the communist newspaper Ta Kung Po after the group had left their belongings in a taxi on Christmas day. 1984: Domestic consumer spending and the rate at which China continued to expand would be key determinants in the territory's prosperity during the incoming Year of the Ox, the Business Post reported. The Hang Seng Index was above the 1,200 barrier, threatening to finish at its highest level for two years. Around the world 1797: John Wilkes, English politician and champion of press freedom, died. 1806: Russian forces halted the advance of Napoleon's French army at the Battle of Pultusk. 1825: The Decembrists, forerunners of the modern Russian revolutionaries, launched an unsuccessful revolt in the capital, Moscow. 1890: Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist and excavator of Troy, died. 1898: Radium was discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie and G Bemont. 1906: The world's first feature film, The Story Of The Kelly Gang, premiered in Melbourne, Australia. 1931: Melvil Dewey, US librarian and inventor of the Dewey classification system, died. 1943: British warships sank the last German battleship, the Scharnhorst, at the Battle of the North Cape. 1957: Charles Pathe, French film pioneer, died. The Pathe newsreel was internationally popular until 1956. 1972: Harry S Truman, 33rd US president (1945-53), died. 1974: American comedian Jack Benny, whose career spanned vaudeville, stage, television, radio and film, died. He was 80. 1975: The Tupolev-144 became the first supersonic aircraft to enter regular service. 1989: Romania's National Salvation Front named Ion Iliescu president, a day after announcing the execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. 1990: Romania expelled ex-King Michael only hours after he had returned from exile after 43 years. 1999: Curtis Mayfield, composer and singer whose songs evoked the struggle of African Americans, died. He was 57. 2000: Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed into law bills restoring the music selected by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as Russia's national anthem.