On This Day

What Happened on December 26, 1908

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout

Famous Birthdays

  • Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), born in Klamath Falls, Oregon (d. 1994)
1908 Highlights

About December 26, 1908

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 113 years, 7 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn