26 November: In a year, the 26th of December is the 360th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 361st day of the year.
What special day is today?
On this day, the announcement of the isolation of radium by Marie Curie and Pierre Curie; the beginning of the festivity for the very first Kwanzaa began in the United States; and the world heavyweight championship was clinched by Jack Johnson.
Famous birthdays include Steve Allen, Mao Zedong, and Earle Brown.
December 26 also marks Boxing Day (celebrated in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand).
Let’s explore what happened today.
What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 26 December
Art & Artists
- 1963 – The release of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. The Beatles’ single became a super hit across the world.
- 1973 – The release of the supernatural horror movie “The Exorcist” across the United States. It was an adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel bearing the same name. The movie got ten Oscar nominations and became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.
Science & Technology
- 1791 – Charles Babbage, the inventor of the world’s the first digital computer (automatic) was born.
- 1898 – The announcement of the isolation of radium by the famous scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie.
Leaders & Politics
- 1805 – Insensitive punishment on Austria was enforced by Napoleon as the Treaty of Pressburg was signed.
- 1948 – The last troop of the Soviet Union pulled out from North Korea.
People & Society
- 1966 – The beginning of festivity for the very first Kwanzaa began in the United States. The celebration is done in affirmation of African families and their social values.
Disasters: Natural & Man-made
- 1999 – Central Europe witnessed a nasty cyclone named Lothar which destroyed/ damaged US$1.3 billion worth of property and killed 137.
- 2004 – The coasts of Asian and African nations witnessed a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The tsunami was a result of a high-magnitude earthquake that killed about 227,898 people.
Discoveries & Explorations
- 2012 – Opening up of the world’s longest bullet train route between the Chinese cities Guangzhou and Beijing.
Leisure & Sports
- 1908 – The world heavyweight championship was clinched by Jack Johnson, the American boxer. He trounced Tommy Burns in Sydney to become the world’s first black boxer to win the title.
Birth Anniversaries (26 December)
- 1883 – Maurice Utrillo (Artist, France)
- 1891 – Henry Miller (Author, America)
- 1893 – Mao Zedong (Leader, of China)
- 1921 – Steve Allen (Entertainer, America)
- 1926 – Earle Brown (Compose, America)
Death Anniversaries (26 December)
- 1530 – Bābur (Mughal Emperor, India)
- 1972 – Harry S. Truman (33rd President, United States)
- 1999 – Shankar Dayal Sharma (President, India)
- 2000 – Jason Robards (Actor, America)
- 2001 – Nigel Hawthorne (Actor, Britain)
What Special Day is Today: (26 December)
- Veer Baal Diwas (India)
- Father’s Day (Bulgaria)
- Mummer’s Day (Padstow, Cornwall)
- Mauro Hamza Day (Houston, Texas)
- Wren Day (Ireland and the Isle of Man)
- Independence and Unity Day (Slovenia)
- Boxing Day (UK, New Zealand , Canada, and Australia)
The story of the day (26 December) is as interesting as the Kwanzaa festival; as surprising as the world’s longest bullet train route; and as terrifying as the 2004 devastating tsunami that killed 227,898 people.
A of water has passed in the political-economic-social ‘rivers’ on this day in history.
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