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

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

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

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

1935Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth"

1620Elizabeth Báthory's crimes are uncovered.

1986Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

1941Winston Churchill becomes 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"

1776George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War

1799George Washington is eulogized by Col Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen"

1966Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club

1919Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees

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

14921st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in New World founded, by Columbus

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

1965Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

December 26th Historical Events
Date Event
268
Pope St Dionysius dies 
418
Pope St Zosimus dies 
795
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 La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in New World founded, by Columbus 
1568
Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada 
1620
Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, MA 
1620
Elizabeth Báthory's crimes are uncovered. 
1659
Long Parliament reforms in Westminster 
1748
France & Austria signs treaty about Southern Netherlands 
1773
Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia 
1776
George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War 
1792
During trial of French King Louis XVI court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze 
1793
Battle of Geisberg: French defeat Austrians. 
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 
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. 
1813
Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrenders to allied armies 
1825
Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December] 
1830
Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena," premieres in Milan 
1831
Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma," premieres in Milan 
1848
1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF 
1848
William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia 
1848
The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 
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 
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. 
1862
-Dec 28th) Battle of Dumfries, VA 
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 
1870
The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed. 
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. 
1872
4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18") 
1877
Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st natl convention 
1878
1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia 
1879
John Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture," premieres 
1883
The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland. 
1890
King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company 
1892
Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala) 
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, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion 
1914
The US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, but this same day the German announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; this will weaken America's protest 
1916
Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France 
1917
1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron 
1917
Fed government took over operation of American RR for duration of WW I 
1918
1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW) 
1919
Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees 
1924
Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut 
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 
1925
The Communist Party of India is founded. 
1928
Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming 
1928
World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) NSW v Vic 
1931
George/Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in NYC 
1931
Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" opens on Bdwy 
1933
Bradman scores 187* NSW v Victoria, 294 mins, 13 fours 
1933
US forswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere 
1933
FM radio is patented. 
1934
Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms 
1935
Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth" 
1936
Israel Philarmonic Orch forms 
1938
Bradman scores 225 South Aust v Qld before Christ gets him out 
1938
Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England v South Africa 
1939
Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey 
1939
Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels 
1940
1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148 
1940
JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC 
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 
1944
Tennessee Williams' play "Glass Menagerie," premieres in Chicago 
1945
CFP franc and CFA franc are created. 
1946
"Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances 
1946
"Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 perfs 
1946
35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0) 
1946
Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era) 
1947
"Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances 
1947
British transfer Heard & McDonald Is (Indian Ocean) to Australia 
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 Los Angeles Rams 38-14 
1955
RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV 
1957
Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London 
1960
"Do Re Mi" opens at St James Theater NYC for 400 performances 
1960
Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres in NYC 
1960
Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game 
1963
"Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances 
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 
1966
Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club 
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
Jay Allens "Forty Carats," premieres in NYC 
1968
Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver 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 Madison Square Garden 
1973
Horror film "The Exorcist," starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture 
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) 
1975
A crowd of 85661 attends the 1st day of the Aust-WI MCG Test Cricket 
1976
"Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances 
1976
The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded. 
1977
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1978
India's former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail 
1979
Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. 
1980
Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service. 
1981
One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Aust v WI 
1982
TIME's Man of the Year is a computer 
1982
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1983
Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan MCG 
1983
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1985
Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG 
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 
1986
Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone 
1987
"Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik 
1988
"Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances 
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
Reggie Williams becomes 1st GM of WLAF's NY-NJ Knights 
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 
1991
NY Islander Derek King ties NJ Devils 5-5 with ½ second left 
1992
NY Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75 
1993
Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed 
1993
Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tourn 
1994
French commando's terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille 
1995
Muttiah Muralitharan no-balled for throwing (SL v Aust, MCG) 
1995
Paul Adams becomes S Afr's youngest Test Cricket player, 18 yrs 340 ds 
1996
Start of the largest strike in South Korean history. 
1996
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force. 
1996
Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. 
1997
The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore. 
1998
Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones. 
1998
Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. 
1999
Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar). 
2001
Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) record one of their largest 1-day jumps of the year as traders become convinced that OPEC will follow through on production cuts 
2003
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam. 
2004
A 9.3 magnitude earthquake 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 230,000 people. 
2005
Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto. 
2006
The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan. 
2012
China opens the world's longest high speed rail route from Beijing to Guangzhou 
2015
BIFF attacks farming town in Sultan Kudarat; 9 killed 
2015
French journalist Ursula Gauthier kicked out of China for slamming Beijing's Uyghur policy 
2015
First Christmas full moon in nearly 40 years seen worldwide 
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