Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Between 200 and 500 people have been killed in an oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, according to the Red Cross. The blast is believed to have been caused by thieves puncturing the pipeline in an attempt to siphon off fuel into a tanker. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6209845.stm
Friday, December 26, 2003
A massive earthquake
devastates southeastern Iran
over 40,000 people are reported killed in the city of Bam
British Airways Flight 223, a Boeing 747-400 flying from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles, is escorted into Dulles Airport by F-16 fighter jets after intelligence reports of terrorists trying to board the jet and use it in a terrorist attack.
Parts of the UK are left without power on New Year's Eve due to wintry weather including blizzards and thunderstorms.
Thursday, December 26, 2002
War on Terrorism: A Washington Post article es numerous anonymous CIA agents who confirm that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States uses so-called stress and duress interrogation techniques, which are claimed by human rights activists to be acts of torture. The anonymous agents defend the practice as necessary in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks publicly, US government officials deny the charges, while declining to address specifics. Privately, however, one official justified human rights violations as being a necessary part of the job. //www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37943-2002Dec25.html
North Korea is reactivating a plutonium producing nuclear power plant north of Pyongyang after removing United Nations seals on the reactor and degrading the capability of surveillance cameras. This same reactor is thought by U.S. officials as the source for plutonium for two previously produced atomic bombs. North Korea has been named by the George W. Bush Administration as part of the so-called axis of evil.//apnews.excite.com/article/20021227/D7O5SKEG0.html
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel announces it will begin with temporarily providing social services such as education, healthcare, and licenses in the West Bank. The Israeli government claims the move is necessary to provide badly needed services to the Palestinian people in light of the Palestinian Authority's inability to do so. Palestinian officials claim the move is an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority and tantamount to the reinstatement of the Israeli occupation that existed before the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Sunday, December 26, 1999
Storm Lothar killed 137 people as it crossed France, southern Germany, and Switzerland.
Thursday, December 26, 1996
Monday, December 26, 1994
Thursday, December 26, 1991
Sea Defences at Mappleton
were built in order to protect the village from intense sea erosion that had threatened it.
Friday, December 26, 1986
After 35 years on the airwaves and holding the title of longest-running non-news program on network television, NBC airs the final episode of daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow
Sunday, December 26, 1982
The first China Central Television
New Year's Gala program starts. This program is watched by 1.1 billion Chinese every year.
is officially dubbed the "Emerald City
" after a contest is held to choose a new city slogan.
"Time Magazine's" Man of the Year is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.
A global surplus of crude oil causes gasoline
prices to collapse.
Wednesday, December 26, 1979
Chrysler receives government loan guarantees upon the request of CEO Lee Iacocca.
's golden age begins.
Tuesday, December 26, 1972
Former United States President Harry S. Truman dies in Kansas City, Missouri.
Monday, December 26, 1966
In or about this year, one person returning to Haiti from the Congo is thought to have first brought HIV to the Americas.
automobile ceases production.
The Congress of the United States creates the National Council for Marine Resources and Engineering Development.
East German Premier Walter Ulbricht discusses negotiations about German reunification.
Saturday, December 26, 1964
Thursday, December 26, 1963
The 1955 film "Oklahoma!", an adaptation of the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, is re-released.
For the first time in four consecutive years, the film "The Wizard of Oz
" is not telecast. Reasons for this remain unknown to this day, but because the film at that time was telecast during the second week of December and the nation was still in mourning over the Kennedy assassination then, it could be that CBS executives decided it would be inappropriate to show it less than three weeks after such a tragic event.
cable goes into operation.
Construction of Moscow's Ostankino Tower begins.
Friday, December 26, 1952
The Nordic Council agrees to the unrestricted transport of people, goods and services throughout the Nordic Countries.
Nearly 58,000 cases of polio are reported in the U.S. 3,145 die and 21,269 are left with mild to disabling paralysis.
Joseph Ivor Linton, the first Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary in Japan, presents his credentials to the Japanese Emperor.
During the Mau Mau Uprising, the poisonous latex of the African milk bush was used kill cattle in an incident of Biological warfare.ref name=Biological warfare
The influential multistorey residential building, Unité d'Habitation in Marseille, France, designed by Le Corbusier, is completed.
Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the professional wrestling promotion that would later evolve into the modern day WWE
is founded by Jess McMahon
and Toots Mondt
Sunday, December 26, 1948
The last Soviet troops withdraw from North Korea
Friday, December 26, 1941
WWII: Winston Churchill becomes the first British Prime Minister to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Tuesday, December 26, 1939
Wednesday, December 26, 1934
An American Airlines aircraft crashes in the Adirondack Mountains.
Saturday, December 26, 1931
Sunday, December 26, 1926
publishes his landmark book, "Alcohol and Longevity".
Industrial output surpasses the level of 1913
in the USSR
Widows' pensions are introduced in New South Wales, Australia.
The International African Institute is founded in London.
U.S. Marines intervene in Nicaragua to bolster the conservative government.
The short-lived Western Australian Secession League is founded.
Saturday, December 26, 1925
The Thompson submachine gun sells for $175 in the 1925 Sears, Roebuck and Company mail order catalog.
The Australian state of Queensland introduces a 44-hour working week.
The Shueisha Publishing Company is founded in Tokyo.
The National Football League adds 5 teams: the New York Giants, Detroit Panthers, Providence Steam Roller, a new Canton Bulldogs team, and the Pottsville Maroons.
New York City becomes the largest city in the world, taking the lead from London.
The Brisbane City Council
, (Brisbane, Australia), is created from the amlgamation of 20 smaller cities, towns and shires.
Wednesday, December 26, 1917
Following the October Revolution, Alexandra Kollontai is appointed People's Commissar for Social Welfare in the Council of People's Commissars of the Government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the first woman cabinet minister in Europe.
A cholera outbreak kills several German
prisoners-of-war being held at Shankend
Sunday, December 26, 1915
Emory College is rechartered as Emory University, and plans to move its main cus from Oxford, Georgia to Atlanta.
Wednesday, December 26, 1906
Tuesday, December 26, 1899
Second Boer War ndash Battle of Mafeking: The British inflict a crushing defeat on the Boers.
Monday, December 26, 1898
Tuesday, December 26, 1871
adopts a new Constitution
, taking into account, among other things, all of the counties that had left Virginia
to form the new non-slave state of West Virginia
. No other state has ever formed by breaking off from another without the consent of the legislature of the parent state, as in the cases of Vermont
, and Maine
The American minister to China takes five warships to attempt to open up Korea, but his forces leave after exchanges of fire result in 250 Koreans dying and the Korean government still unwilling to make any concessions.
British trade unions are legalized.
forms its own nationwide police
force based on the French model.
, the first of the Gilbert and Sullivan
operas, premières. It does modestly well, but the two composers will not collaborate again for four years.
The Constitution of the German Empire abolishes all restrictions on Jewish marriage, choice of occupation, place of residence, and property ownership. Exclusion from government employment and discrimination in social relations remain in effect.
The provinces of Alsace
are transferred from France to Germany.
Friday, December 26, 1862
William D. Duly hangs 38 Dakota Sioux Indians in Minnesota.
29 ndash American Civil War ndash Battle of Chickasaw Bayou: Another victory for the Confederate Army, outnumbered two to one, results in six times as many Union casualties, defeating several assaults commanded by the Union general, William T. Sherman.
Friday, December 26, 1851
The population of Britain reaches 21 million. 6.3 million live in cities of 20,000 or more in England and Wales and cities of 20,000 or more account for 35% of the total English population.
Tuesday, December 26, 1848
The Boston Public Library is founded by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts.
A cholera epidemic in New York kills 5,000.
Dunedin, New Zealand is founded by Scots settlers.
Richard Wagner begins writing the libretto that will become "Der Ring des Nibelungen" ("The Ring of the Nibelung").
The Independent Republic of Yucatán joins Mexico in exchange for Mexican help in suppressing a revolt by the indigenous Maya population.
Monday, December 26, 1836
The colony of South Australia is officially proclaimed (now celebrated in the state of South Australia as Proclamation Day).
Tuesday, December 26, 1809
Friday, December 26, 1806
1806 Battles of Pultusk and Golymin. Battle of Pultusk: Russian forces under General Bennigsen narrowly escape from a direct confrontation with Napoleon, who goes into winter quarters. Battle of Golymin: Russian forces under General Golitsyn fight a successful rearguard action against French forces under Marshall Murat.
Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, removes the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens.
Annual British iron production reaches 260,000 tons.
Thursday, December 26, 1805
Wednesday, December 26, 1792
Tipu Sultan invades Kerala in India, but is repulsed.
Thomas Holcroft produces the play "Road to Ruin" in London.
, chief surgeon of the Grand Armee of France, creates the first ambulance wagons specifically designed as ambulances.
Shiloh Meeting House, predecessor of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, is founded.
Thursday, December 26, 1776
American Revolution: Battle of Trenton
: Washington's troops surprise the 1500 Hessian troops under the command of Col. Johann Rall
at 8 a.m. outside Trenton and score a victory, taking 948 prisoners while suffering only 5 wounded.
Tuesday, December 26, 1662
Friday, December 26, 1659
ian police raid a monastery, sending monks to prison for eating meat and drinking wine during Lent
Thursday, December 26, 1613
The Ottoman Empire invades Hungary.
The territory of Kuwait
Near Jamestown, Virginia, Sir Thomas Dale starts a settlement called Bermuda City which later becomes part of Hopewell, Virginia.
Tuesday, December 26, 1606
St. Stephen's night) ndash First recorded performance of Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear", before King James I of England in the banqueting hall of Whitehall Palace.ref name=Shak.Encyc./
Gregor Richter has succeeded Martin Möller as the chief pastor of Görlitz.
Friday, December 16, 1502 (Julianian calendar)
Cesare Borgia kills Ramiro D'Orco this incident is referenced in Machiavelli's The Prince
Monday, December 17, 1481 (Julianian calendar)
Symeon I succeeds Maximus III as Patriarch of Constantinople.
The Aztec Calendar Stone or Sun Stone is carved.
Tuesday, December 19, 1251 (Julianian calendar)
city of Berlin
, founded some 50 years earlier, receives its city charter.
The earliest known manuscript of "The Proverbs of Alfred", a collection of sayings of England's Alfred the Great, is written.
King Conrad IV of Germany invades Italy, but fails to subdue the supporters of Pope Innocent IV.
Tuesday, December 22, 795 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, December 26, 268
Pope Dionysius dies at Rome after a 9-year reign and is succeeded by Pope Felix I.