What Happened on December 26

Historical Events

  • 1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)
  • 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]
  • 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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Dec 26 in Film & TV

Dec 26 in Music

  • 1966 Jimi Hendrix writes the song "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London

Dec 26 in Sport

  • 1860 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

Did You Know?

Horror film "The Exorcist" based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blair, rated X, premieres - 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

On December 26, 1973

Would You Believe?

TIME's Man of the Year is a computer

On December 26, 1982

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

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