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December 26 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 26, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0268 - St Dionysius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0418 - St Zosimus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0795 - St Leo III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1198 - French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest
1481 - Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht
1492 - 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
1568 - Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada
1620 - Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts
1659 - Long Parliament reforms in Westminster
1748 - France & Austria signs treaty about Southern Netherlands
1773 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia
1776 - Battle of Trenton-major British defeat
1776 - George Washington defeats Hessians at Trenton
1799 - George Washington is eulogized by Col Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen"
1805 - France & Austria signs Peace of Pressburg
1805 - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
1809 - English invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
1813 - Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrenders to allied armies
1825 - Erie Canal opens
1848 - 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF
1848 - William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
1854 - Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
1860 - Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)
1860 - Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small force at Ft Sumter
1862 - -Dec 28th) Battle of Dumfries, Virginia
1862 - 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
1862 - 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, due to their uprising
1865 - James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator
1872 - 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")
1877 - Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st national convention
1878 - 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
1890 - King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
1899 - Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed
1902 - Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) & Christy Williams (42)
1908 - Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
1916 - Joseph Joffre becomes Marshal of France
1917 - 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
1917 - Federal government took over operation of American RR for duration of WW I
1919 - Yanks & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth
1925 - 1st East West football game at Ewing Park before 25,000 fans
1925 - NHL record 141 shots as NY Americans (73) beat Pitt Pirates (68) 3-1
1925 - Turkey adopts Gregorian calendar
1925 - NY's Jake Forbes makes 67 saves, Pitt's Ray Waters makes 70
1926 - Prince-regent Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan
1928 - Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
1931 - George/Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in NYC
1931 - SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten
1932 - Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu China
1933 - Bradman scores 187* NSW v Victoria, 294 mins, 13 fours
1933 - US forswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere
1934 - Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
1939 - Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
1939 - Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
1941 - Winston Churchill becomes 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"
1943 - British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
1943 - Chicago Bears win NFL championship
1943 - Earl Claus von Stauffenberg vain with bomb to Hitlers headquarter
1944 - Battle of Bastogne-US Gen Patton's 4th Pantzers repulse Germans
1944 - Budapest surrounded by Soviet army
1946 - 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
1946 - Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
1947 - British transfer Heard & McDonald Is (Indian Ocean) to Australia
December 26th 1947    Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84� F
1948 - Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty arrested
1950 - Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
1954 - "The Shadow," airs for last time on radio
1954 - Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
1955 - Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating LA 38-14
1955 - RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
1960 - Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
1963 - Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
1963 - US furnishes cereal to USSR
1964 - Beatles' "I Feel Fine," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
1964 - Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
1964 - Moors Murderers claim last victim
1965 - "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
1965 - Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
1965 - Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline
1966 - Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1967 - BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
1967 - Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
1968 - Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
1968 - Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Boston as opener for Vanilla Fudge
1968 - Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's MSG
1973 - Harold B Lee, US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
1973 - "Exorcist," starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres
1973 - 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
1973 - Soyuz 13 returns to earth
1974 - Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
1975 - 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
1977 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1978 - India's former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail
1982 - TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
1982 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1983 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1984 - Belgian princess Astrid marries arch duke Otto L van Austrian-Este
1986 - Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
1986 - Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games
1986 - TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
1988 - Anti African student rebellion in China PR
1989 - ODI debut for Mark Taylor & Sanath Jayasuriya at cricket MCG
1990 - Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship
1990 - Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
1991 - Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years
1991 - Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction
1991 - Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India
1992 - NY Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75
1993 - Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
1993 - Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41)
1993 - Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tournament
1994 - Actor Jason Hervey (22) weds Kelley Patricia O'Neill (27)
1994 - French commando's terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille

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