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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

1935Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth"

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

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

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

1965Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

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

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

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

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

December 26th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 26th

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

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

1893Mao Zedong, Shaoshan, Hunan, Chinese revolutionary & Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), (d. 1976)

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

December 26th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 26th

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

1959NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

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

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

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

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

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

1948MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

December 26th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 26th

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

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

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