26 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Frederick II, 1194
  • Thomas Gray, 1716
  • Charles Babbage, 1792
  • Henry Miller, 1891
  • Mao Tse-tung, 1893
  • Elisha Cook, Jr., 1906
  • Elizabeth David, 1913
  • Richard Widmark, 1914
  • Steve Allen, 1921
  • Alan King, 1927
  • Phil Spector, 1939

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Dionysius, AD 268
  • Saint Zosimus, AD 418
  • Frederic Remington , 1909
  • Ambrose Bierce missing presumed dead, 1913
  • Kin Hubbard (Frank McKinney), 1930
  • Gorgeous George, 1963
  • Harry S. Truman, 1972
  • Howard Hawks, 1977
  • Elsa Lanchester, 1986
  • Jason Robards, Jr., 2000
  • Nigel Hawthorne, 2001
  • Gerald Ford, 2006

Today's Events:

  • 1606 - First recorded performance of Shakespeare's "King Lear" at Whitehall Palace before King James I.
  • 1620 - 102 Pilgrim settlers in Mayflower finally land at Plymouth Rock (Mass.) after bad weather.
  • 1776 - George Washington crosses Delaware River to beat British at Trenton, N.J.
  • 1805 - Austria recognizes Napoleon as King of Italy under Treaty of Pressburg.
  • 1825 - Decembrist Revolt; Russian army officers favor Constantine over Nicholas I.
  • 1862 - 38 Sioux Indians 'murderers' hanged from one gallows outside Mankato, Minn. by William J. Duly.
  • 1865 - New coffee brewing device, the percolator, introduced by James Nason of Franklin, Mass.
  • 1871 - Gilbert and Sullivan's first light opera, 'Thespis' opens at Gaiety Theatre, London.
  • 1898 - The Curies discover radium.
  • 1901 - Uganda railway completed from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.
  • 1908 - Jack Johnson becomes first Black heavyweight boxing champ; beats Tommy Burns at Sydney, Australia.
  • 1931 - 'Of Thee I Sing,' first musical to win Pulitzer prize starts 441 performance run in N.Y.
  • 1936 - Claire Booth's 'The Women' starts 657 performance run on Broadway.
  • 1939 - 7.9 earthquake in Erzincan, Turkey kills 30,000.
  • 1941 - Winston Churchill becomes the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
  • 1973 - Film of 'The Exorcist' premieres; to gross $250 million.
  • 2004 - 9.3 earthquake near Sumatra causes tsunami that devastates Indian Ocean territories; About 300,000 dead in 2nd biggest earthquake in history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Steven

Holiday:

  • Boxing Day in Britain, Canada
  • Festival of Saint Stephen in Baiano, Italy

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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