December 26 Events in History - December 26 Birthdays - December 26 Deaths
2014 Ukraine exchanges 222 rebel prisoners for 150 Ukrainian soldiers held by separatist forces; for security reasons, the nation also blockades Crimea, the region annexed by Russia, by stopping bus and train service to and from the area
2014 Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi, a key member of the military arm of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabab, surrenders to police; the group seeks to take over the U.N.-supported Somali government
2013 Shinzo Abe the Prime Minister of Japan visits the Yasukuni Shrine located in Chiyoda, Tokyo; the shrine commemorates those who died while in the service of the Empire of Japan during the Meiji Restoration, which stored imperial rule to Japan in 1868
2013 A winter storm earlier in the week leaves thousands without power in Southern Ontario, Maine, Michigan and Vermont; below-freezing temperatures sent many to shelters for warmth
2012 A law banning Americans from adopting Russian children is approved by Russia's parliament; the action is a respons to the U.S. Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act
2012 Severe weather hits the U.S. on Christmas Day; more than 30 tornadoes are reported in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana
2011 Brazil overtakes the United Kingdom as the world's sixth largest economy
2011 Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, sets a new National Football League record for yards passing in a season
2010 Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, will have a street named after him in Capetown
2010 China and South Korea plan to hold defense talks in February 2011 concerning growing regional tension on the Korean Peninsula
2004 Earthquake, greatest in over 40 years, strikes the Pacific Ocean near Sumatra, triggering a massive Indian Ocean tsunami, killing as many as 266,000 in coastal regions of Asia and Africa
2003 Earthquake kills more than 30,000 in Bam, Iran
1995 Muttiah Muralitharan no-balled for throwing (SL vs. Australia, MCG)
1995 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player, 18 years 340 ds
1994 Actor Jason Hervey (22) weds Kelley Patricia O'Neill (27)
1994 French commando's terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille
1994 President brother Roger Clinton (37) weds 8-mo pregnant Molly Nartin (25)
1993 Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
1993 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41)
1993 Floyd, Nicklaus and Rodriguez wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tourn
1992 NY Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75
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 and wound 70 in India
1991 New York Islander Derek King ties New Jersey Devils 5-5 with second left
1990 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship
1990 Reggie Williams becomes 1st General Manager of WLAF's NY-New Jersey Knights
1990 Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
1989 ODI debut for Mark Taylor and Sanath Jayasuriya at cricket MCG
1988 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 64 performances
1988 Anti African student rebellion in China PR
1987 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
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
1985 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, vs. India at the MCG
1984 Belgian princess Astrid marries arch duke Otto L van Austrian-Este
1983 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, vs. Pakistan MCG
1983 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1982 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1981 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia vs. WI
1978 India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, released from jail
1977 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1976 "Music Is" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 8 performances
1975 1st supersonic transport service (U.S.S.R.-Tupolev-144)
1975 A crowd of 85661 attends the 1st day of the Aust-WI MCG Test Cricket
1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
1973 "Exorcist," starring Linda Blair and rated X, premieres
1973 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
1973 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth
1968 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
1968 Jay Allens "Forty Carats," premieres in New York City
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 and 2 game misconducts in a game against New York Rangers in New York's MSG
1967 BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
1967 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
1966 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1965 "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
1965 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
1964 Beatles' "I Feel Fine," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 3 weeks
1964 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
1963 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater New York City for 4 performances
1963 Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
1963 U.S. furnishes cereal to U.S.S.R.
1960 "Do Re Mi" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 400 performances
1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres in New York City
1960 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
1957 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
1955 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating LA 38-14
1955 RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
1954 "The Shadow," airs for last time on radio
1954 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
1950 Gillette and Mutual buy All Star and World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
1948 Hungarian cardinal Mindszenty arrested
1947 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater New York City for 34 performances
1947 British transfer Heard and McDonald Is (Indian Ocean) to Australia
1947 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries New York City under 25.8" of snow in 16 hours That same day, LA set a record high of 84 degrees F
1946 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 111 performances
1946 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater New York City for 60 performances
1946 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
1946 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
1944 Battle of Bastogne - U.S. General Patton's 4th Pantzers repulse Germans
1944 Budapest surrounded by soviet army
1944 Tennessee Williams' play "Glass Menagerie," premieres in Chicago
1943 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
1943 Chicago Bears win NFL championship
1943 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg vain with bomb to Hitlers headquarter
1941 Winston Churchill becomes 1st British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"
1940 1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
1940 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in New York City
1939 Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
1939 Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
1938 Bradman scores 225 South Australia vs. Qld before Christ gets him out
1938 Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England vs. South Africa
1936 Israel Philarmonic Orchestra forms
1935 Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth"
1934 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
1933 Bradman scores 187* NSW vs. Victoria, 294 minutes, 13 fours
1933 U.S. forswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere
1932 Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu China
1931 George/Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in New York City
1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" opens on Bdwy
1931 SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten
1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
1928 World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) NSW vs. Vic
1926 Prince-regent Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan
1925 1st East West football game at Ewing Park before 25,000 fans
1925 NHL record 141 shots as New York Americans (73) beat Pitt Pirates (68) 3-1
1925 Turkey adopts Gregorian calendar
1925 New York's Jake Forbes makes 67 saves, Pitt's Ray Waters makes 70
1924 Judy Garland, 2, billed as Baby Frances, show business debut
1919 Yankees and Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth
1918 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Australia after WW I (Vic vs. NSW)
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
1916 Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France
1908 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
1902 Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) and Christy Williams (42)
1899 Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed
1892 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
1890 King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
1879 John Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture," premieres
1878 1st U.S. store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
1877 Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st national convention
1872 4th largest snowfall in New York City history (18")
1865 James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st U.S. coffee percolator
1862 Battle of Dumfries, VA
1862 1st U.S. Navy hospital ship enters service
1862 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minn, due to their uprising
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
1854 Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
1848 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF
1848 William and Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma," premieres in Milan
1830 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena," premieres in Milan
1825 Erie Canal opens
1813 Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrenders to allied armies
1809 English invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
1805 France and Austria signs Peace of Pressburg
1805 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
1799 George Washington is eulogized by Col Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace and 1st in hearts of his countrymen"
1776 Battle of Trenton-major British defeat
1776 George Washington defeats Hessians at Trenton
1773 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia
1748 France and Austria signs treaty about Southern Netherlands
1659 Long Parliament reforms in Westminster
1620 Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, MA
1568 Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada
1492 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
1481 Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht
1198 French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest
795 St. Leo III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
418 St. Zosimus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
268 St. Dionysius ends his reign as Catholic Pope