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Notable Historical Events for December 26th

1908Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

1991Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction

1938Bradman scores 225 South Aust v Qld before Christ gets him out

1924Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut

1933Bradman scores 187* NSW v Victoria, 294 mins, 13 fours

1944Tennessee Williams' play "Glass Menagerie," premieres in Chicago

1620Elizabeth Báthory's crimes are uncovered.

1965Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

1944Battle of Bastogne-US Gen Patton's 4th Pantzers repulse Germans

1935Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth"

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Notable Birthdays on December 26th

1935Gnassingbé Eyadéma, Pya Togo, General and President of Togo (1967 - 2005)

1791Charles Babbage, London, British inventor (calculating machine), (d. 1871)

1921Steve Allen, NYC, comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show)

1891Henry Miller, Manhattan, New York, author/artist (Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, Sexus), (d. 1980)

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Notable Weddings on December 26th

2002Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (30) weds Shaunie Nelson at The Beverly Hills Hotel's Crystal Garden

2001"Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling (36) weds anesthesiologist Neil Murray (30) in Aberfeldy, Scotland

1843US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall

1959NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

1946Actor Jackie Coogan (32) weds Ann McCormack (22)

1948MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

1993Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41) at Silver Bells Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

1941Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

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Notable Deaths on December 26th

1989Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

2006Gerald R Ford, 38th President of the United States, dies at 93

2004Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

1972Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

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