About December 26

December 26, 2021 is the 360th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 5 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

What Happened On December 26

  • 1792
    The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris, France.
  • 1793
    Second Battle of Wissembourg: French defeat Austrians.
  • 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.”
  • 1806
    Battles of Pultusk and Golymin: Russian forces hold French forces under Napoleon.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The Trent Affair: Confederate diplomatic envoys James M. Mason and John Slidell are freed by the United States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and United Kingdom.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou begins.
  • 1870
    The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.
  • 1883
    The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.
  • 1900
    A relief crew arrives the the lighthouse on the Flannan Isles of Scotland, only to find the previous crew has disappeared without a trace.
  • 1944
    World War II: Patton’s Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.
  • 1948
    Cardinal József Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.
  • 1966
    The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
  • 1980
    Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.
  • 1982
    Time’s Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer.
  • 1986
    The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, airs its final episode after 35 years on the air.
  • 1994
    Four Armed Islamic Group hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969. When the plane lands at Marseille, a French Gendarmerie assault team boards the aircraft and kills the perpetrators.
  • 1999
    The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
  • 2003
    A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam.
  • 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.

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