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    What happened on December 26

    • December 26, 0838 A heavy storm surge causes floods in nearly all the coastal areas of the Low Countries killing many Jewish and Muslim residents.

    • December 26, 1481 Battle of Westbrook - Holland defeats troops of Utrecht.

    • December 26, 1606 First Performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear

    • December 26, 1620 Elizabeth Bthory's crimes are uncovered.

    • December 26, 1620 Pilgrim Fathers land at what becomes New Plymouth in Massachusetts.

    • December 26, 1620 "Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, MA"

    • December 26, 1727 In France Louis-Fran‡ois Duplessis de Mornay appointed Bishop of Quebec on death of Mgr. de Saint-Vallier; he never came to Canada.

    • December 26, 1773 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

    • December 26, 1776 Battle of Trenton-major British defeat

    • December 26, 1790 Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution.

    • December 26, 1791 "In the British parlimentLondon England, British PM William Pitt passes the Constitutional Act, dividing Quebec along the Ottawa River, into Upper and Lower Canada,"

    • December 26, 1792 The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris.

    • December 26, 1793 Battle of Geisberg: French defeat Austrians.

    • December 26, 1793 The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.

    • December 26, 1799 "George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as ""1st in war, first in peace & first in the hearts of his countrymen"""

    • December 26, 1805 Austria and France sign the Treaty of Pressburg.

    • December 26, 1805 "Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia"

    • December 26, 1805 The Treaty of Pressburg December 26 ends hostilities between France and Austria


    • December 26, 1806 Battles of Pultusk and Golymin: Russian forces hold French forces under Napoleon.

    • December 26, 1811 "A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable."

    • December 26, 1825 Erie Canal opens

    • December 26, 1825 Several Imperial Russia army officers lead circa 3000 soldiers on the Senate Square in the failed Decembrist uprising.

    • December 26, 1831 "The opera ""Norma"" is produced (Milan)"

    • December 26, 1848 First gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco

    • December 26, 1848 "The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio."

    • December 26, 1848 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia

    • December 26, 1852 "New Brunswick-built ship Marco Polo arrives backin Liverpool England from Melbourne, Australia in 140 days, a trip that sually took 240 days; declared the fastest ship in the world; 1883 wrecked when grounded in a gale off Cavendish, PEI."

    • December 26, 1854 "Wood-pulp paper first exhibited, Buffalo"

    • December 26, 1860 Maiden voyage of first steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)

    • December 26, 1860 "The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England."

    • December 26, 1862 First US navy hospital ship enters service

    • December 26, 1862 Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.

    • December 26, 1862 "The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, killing 39."

    • December 26, 1865 James H Mason (Mass) patents first US coffee percolator

    • December 26, 1870 The 12.8-km long Frjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.

    • December 26, 1871 "Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years."

    • December 26, 1872 "4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"")"

    • December 26, 1877 Socialist Labor Party of North America holds first national convention

    • December 26, 1878 "First US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia"

    • December 26, 1878 John Wanamaker installed electric lights in his department store in Philadelphia.

    • December 26, 1883 The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.

    • December 26, 1898 Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.

    • December 26, 1906 "The Story of the Kelly Gang is released, widely considered to be the world's first feature film."

    • December 26, 1908 In Sydney Australia Jack Johnson knocks out Canada's Tommy Burns to win the world heavyweight boxing crown; policestopped the fight in the 14th round;

    • December 26, 1908 "Jack Johnson becomes the first African American heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia."

    • December 26, 1908 "Jackson Johnson defeats Tommy Burns at Sydney, Australia for boxing title"

    • December 26, 1916 Joseph Joffre is made Marshal of France.

    • December 26, 1917 Fed government took over operation of American RR for duration of WW I

    • December 26, 1919 Babe Ruth is sold to the New York Yankees from the Boston Red Sox.

    • December 26, 1925 Turkey adopts Gregorian calendar

    • December 26, 1925 Turkey adopts the Gregorian Calendar.

    • December 26, 1931 "Phi Iota Alpha, the oldest existing Latino fraternity is founded."

    • December 26, 1931 "Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play ""Of Thee I Sing"" opens on Broadway"

    • December 26, 1932 "Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu China"

    • December 26, 1933 FM radio is patented.

    • December 26, 1933 "The Nissan Motor Company is organized in Tokyo, Japan."

    • December 26, 1933 US forswears armed intervention in the Western Hemisphere

    • December 26, 1942 The Canadian-escorted convoy ONS-154 loses 14 ships to German U-boats in mid-Atlantic; gets 32 to Britain by Dec. 30.

    • December 26, 1943 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst

    • December 26, 1943 General A.G.L. 'Andy' McNaughton 1887-1966 retires as commander of First Canadian Army

    • December 26, 1944 Battle of Bastogne-US troops repulse the Germans

    • December 26, 1944 The play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams received its first public performance.

    • December 26, 1944 World War II: U.S. troops repulse German forces at Bastogne.

    • December 26, 1945 CFP franc and CFA franc are created.

    • December 26, 1946 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens

    • December 26, 1946 "The Flamingo Hotel opens in Las Vegas, Nevada."

    • December 26, 1947 British transfer Heard & McDonald Is (Indian Ocean) to Australia

    • December 26, 1947 "Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8"" of snow in 16 hrs. That same day, Los Angeles set a record high of 84? F"

    • December 26, 1947 Twenty-six inches of snow falls in 16 hours in New York City.

    • December 26, 1948 Cardinal Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.

    • December 26, 1964 "Beatles' ""I Feel Fine,"" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks"

    • December 26, 1964 Moors Murderers claim last victim

    • December 26, 1965 """Funny Girl"" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway"

    • December 26, 1965 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

    • December 26, 1966 "The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach."

    • December 26, 1967 "The BBC broadcasts ""The Magical Mystery Tour"""

    • December 26, 1971 Air Canada jet on flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto hijacked to Cuba.

    • December 26, 1972 "Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the U.S., dies in Kansas City, Missouri."

    • December 26, 1973 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours

    • December 26, 1973 Comet Kohoutek reaches perihelion but is not as spectacular a display as expected.

    • December 26, 1973 Soyuz 13 lands on earth after a week in orbit.

    • December 26, 1973 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth

    • December 26, 1974 Salyut 4 is launched.

    • December 26, 1974 Television and radio comedian Jack Benny dies in Los Angeles at age 80.

    • December 26, 1975 Russia begins the world's first supersonic air transport service with its Tupolev-144 run from Moscow to Alma-Ata.

    • December 26, 1975 The Tupolev Tu-144 goes into service in Soviet Union.

    • December 26, 1976 In St. John's Newfoundland a nursing home fire kills 21 elderly residents.

    • December 26, 1978 "India's former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail"

    • December 26, 1979 Opening night of the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea at the Hammersmith Odeon; a benefit concert for the citizens of Cambodia who were victims of dictator Pol Pot.

    • December 26, 1979 "Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan."

    • December 26, 1980 Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.

    • December 26, 1982 "Time Magazine's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer."

    • December 26, 1985 "Ford introduced the Taurus line of auto's,, the product of years of engineering"

    • December 26, 1986 "M Montreal Canadien Doug Jarvis, age 31, sets a National Hockey League record as he skates in his 916th consecutive game"

    • December 26, 1986 "The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, airs its final episode after thirty-five years on the air."

    • December 26, 1986 "TV soap ""Search for Tomorrow"" ends 35 year run"

    • December 26, 1988 "The Nanjing Anti-African protests in Nanjing, the People's Republic of China begin."

    • December 26, 1989 "A provisional government takes control of Romania, following the secret trial and execution of President Nicolae Ceausescu."

    • December 26, 1990 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship

    • December 26, 1991 "Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction (the gun used to kill Harvey Oswald)"

    • December 26, 1991 Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India

    • December 26, 1991 The Supreme Soviet meets and formally dissolves the USSR.

    • December 26, 1991 Toronto Ontario Northwest Airlines buys 20 Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft from de Haviland for $190 million; division of Boeing Canada.

    • December 26, 1994 "French commandos storm a hijacked Air France jet on the ground in Marseille, freeing 170 hostages and killing the Algerian hijackers."

    • December 26, 1996 "Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado."

    • December 26, 1996 "Six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's Boulder, Colorado, home. The killing remains unsolved."

    • December 26, 1996 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.

    • December 26, 1997 "The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore."

    • December 26, 1998 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.

    • December 26, 1998 "Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland."

    • December 26, 1999 "R& B artist Curtis Mayfield dies in an Atlanta hospital at age 57. Mayfield, famous for the Superfly soundtrack, had been paralyzed since 1990 during an onstage accident."

    • December 26, 1999 "Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar)."

    • December 26, 2002 French Raelian scientist Brigitte Boisselier says Clonaid has delivered the first of a supposed five clone babies through cesarean section.

    • December 26, 2003 "A strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg- Bam."

    • December 26, 2004 "An earthquake measuring 9.3 on the Richter magnitude scale creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing more than 200,000."

    • December 26, 2005 Boxing Day Shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto.

    • December 26, 2006 "Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States died(b. 1913)"

    • December 26, 2009 "A bomb explodes under the car of a suspected Hamas member in southern Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least one person and injuring two others."

    • December 26, 2009 "A bomb squad in Reykjavik, Iceland, searches a diverted Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, United States, that carries a bag whose owner did not make it onto the plane."

    • December 26, 2009 "A bridge over the Chambal River in Kota, India, collapses with 45 people thought to have been killed."

    • December 26, 2009 "Countries around the Indian Ocean hold commemorations on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed around 250,000 people."

    • December 26, 2009 Five Chinese are sentenced to execution by firing squad before a court in Vietnam for their roles in one of the largest drug seizures in the country's history.

    • December 26, 2009 It is confirmed that all nine missing crew members ? six Filipinos and three Greeks ? from yesterday's ship fire disaster off the coast of Venezuela are dead.

    • December 26, 2009 "Ten people die and two more receive injuries after being pierced by a metal guard rail during a bus crash on a major highway in Ipoh, Malaysia."







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