What Happened on December 26

Significant Events

  • 1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in the New World is founded by Columbus
  • 1792 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze
  • 1825 Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]
  • 1860 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England
  • 2004 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
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Did You Know?

Horror film "The Exorcist" starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

On December 26, 1973

Famous Weddings

  • 1613 Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, marries Frances Howard, occasioning John Donne's "Eclogue"
  • 1793 The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.
  • 1843 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall
  • 1931 SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten
  • 1941 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay
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