About December 26

December 26, 2024 is the 361st day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 5 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 34 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 26

  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: The British are defeated in the Battle of Trenton.
  • 1790
    Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution.
  • 1793
    The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.
  • 1846
    Trapped in snow in the Sierra Nevadas and without food, members of the Donner Party resort to cannibalism.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou begins.
  • 1862
    Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
  • 1862
    The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, 38 Native Americans die.
  • 1919
    Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee.
  • 1925
    Turkey adopts the Gregorian Calendar.
  • 1933
    FM radio is patented.
  • 1943
    World War II: German warship Scharnhorst is sunk off of Norway’s North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.
  • 1944
    World War II: Patton’s Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.
  • 1945
    CFP franc and CFA franc are created.
  • 1966
    The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.
  • 1975
    The Tupolev Tu-144 SST goes into service in Soviet Union.
  • 1997
    The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • 1999
    The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
  • 2005
    A gang-related shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto kills one and injures six.
  • 2006
    A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Hengchun, Pingtung, Taiwan, killing two people and causing severe communication disruptions in southeast Asia.

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