About December 26

December 26, 2020 is the 361st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 5 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 48 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 26

  • 1613
    Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, marries Frances Howard.
  • 1790
    Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution.
  • 1792
    The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris, France.
  • 1793
    Second Battle of Wissembourg: French defeat Austrians.
  • 1793
    The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.
  • 1799
    Four thousand people attend George Washington’s funeral where Henry Lee declares him as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
  • 1825
    Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Tsar Nicholas I and are put down in the Decembrist Revolt in St. Petersburg.
  • 1846
    Trapped in snow in the Sierra Nevadas and without food, members of the Donner Party resort to cannibalism.
  • 1860
    The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England.
  • 1870
    The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.
  • 1898
    Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    The Tupolev Tu-144 SST goes into service in Soviet Union.
  • 1991
    The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union.
  • 1996
    Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.
  • 2004
    A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train.
  • 2004
    Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny.
  • 2005
    A gang-related shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto kills one and injures six.
  • 2006
    An oil pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria explodes, killing at least 260.

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