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Tuesday 26 December 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Mauro Hamza Day (Houston, Texas)
  • The first day of Junkanoo street parade, the second day is on the New Year's Day (The Bahamas)
  • The first day of Kwanzaa, celebrated until January 1 (United States)

Events

  • 1975 – Tu-144, the world's first commercial supersonic aircraft, surpassing Mach 2, went into service.
  • 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.
  • 1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
  • 1963 – The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
  • 1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
  • 1871 – Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
  • 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 died.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The Trent Affair: Confederate diplomatic envoys James Murray Mason and John Slidell are freed by the United States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1860 – The first ever inter-club English association football match takes place between Hallam and Sheffield football clubs in Sheffield.
  • 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.
  • 1799 – Henry Lee III's eulogy to George Washington in congress declares him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen". (This is not to confused with Washington's funeral on December 18th.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: In the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian forces .

Births

  • 1991 – Eden Sher, American actress
  • 1990 – Andy Biersack, American singer-songwriter
  • 1990 – Jon Bellion, American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer
  • 1985 – Beth Behrs, American actress
  • 1982 – Kenneth Darby, American football player
  • 1980 – Todd Dunivant, American soccer player
  • 1979 – Chris Daughtry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1974 – Joshua John Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Jared Leto, American actor and musician
  • 1971 – Tatiana Sorokko, Russian-American model and journalist
  • 1970 – James Mercer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Jay Farrar, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Jay Yuenger, American guitarist and producer
  • 1966 – Tim Legler, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Elizabeth Kostova, American author
  • 1963 – Lars Ulrich, Danish-American drummer, songwriter, and producer
  • 1960 – Jim Toomey, American cartoonist
  • 1960 – Keith Martin Ball, American mathematician and academic
  • 1956 – David Sedaris, American comedian, author, and radio host
  • 1955 – Evan Bayh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Indiana
  • 1954 – Ozzie Smith, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1948 – Candy Crowley, American journalist
  • 1947 – Carlton Fisk, American baseball player
  • 1947 – James T. Conway, American general
  • 1947 – Richard Levis McCormick, American historian and academic
  • 1946 – Alan Frumin, American lawyer and politician
  • 1945 – John Walsh, American television host, producer, and activist, created America's Most Wanted
  • 1944 – William Ayers, American academic and activist
  • 1942 – Catherine Coulter, American author
  • 1942 – Gray Davis, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of California
  • 1940 – Edward C. Prescott, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Ray Sadecki, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1939 – Phil Spector, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1938 – Robert Hamerton-Kelly, South African-American pastor, scholar, and author (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer and voice actor
  • 1930 – Donald Moffat, English-American actor
  • 1930 – Harry Gamble, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Kathleen Crowley, American actress (d. 2017)
  • 1927 – Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Stu Miller, American baseball player (d. 2015)
  • 1926 – Earle Brown, American composer (d. 2002)
  • 1924 – Frank Broyles, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1923 – Richard Artschwager, American painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – John Severin, American illustrator (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Steve Allen, American actor, singer, talk show host, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1914 – Richard Widmark, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1910 – Marguerite Churchill, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – Matt Gordy, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)
  • 1908 – Ralph Hill, American runner (d. 1994)
  • 1907 – Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1905 – William Loeb III, American publisher (d. 1981)
  • 1903 – Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1894 – Jean Toomer, American author and poet (d. 1967)
  • 1892 – Don Barclay, American actor and illustrator (d. 1975)
  • 1891 – Henry Miller, American author and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1863 – Charles Pathé, French record producer, co-founded Pathé Records (d. 1957)
  • 1859 – William Stephens, American lawyer and politician, 24th Governor of California (d. 1944)
  • 1837 – George Dewey, American admiral (d. 1917)
  • 1837 – Morgan Bulkeley, American soldier and politician, 54th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1922)
  • 1819 – E. D. E. N. Southworth, American author and educator (d. 1899)
  • 1791 – Charles Babbage, English mathematician and engineer, invented the Difference engine (d. 1871)
  • 1646 – Robert Bolling, English-American merchant and planter (d. 1709)
  • 1628 – John Page, American politician (d. 1692)

Deaths

  • 2016 – George S. Irving, American actor, singer and dancer (b. 1922)
  • 2016 – Ricky Harris, American comedian, actor (b. 1962)
  • 2015 – Jim O'Toole, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Sidney Mintz, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Stanisław Barańczak, Polish-American poet, critic, and scholar (b. 1946)
  • 2013 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer (b. 1912)
  • 2013 – Paul Blair, American baseball player and coach (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Gerald McDermott, American author and illustrator (b. 1941)
  • 2011 – Houston Antwine, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 2011 – James Rizzi, American painter and illustrator (b. 1950)
  • 2011 – Joe Bodolai, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2011 – Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Mexican-American actor and producer (b. 1940)
  • 2010 – Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1956)
  • 2009 – Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • 2006 – Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)
  • 2005 – Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2004 – Reggie White, American football player and wrestler (b. 1961)
  • 2002 – Armand Zildjian, American businessman, founded the Avedis Zildjian Company (b. 1921)
  • 2002 – Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (b. 1952)
  • 2000 – Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
  • 1996 – JonBenét Ramsey, American child beauty queen and prominent unsolved murder victim (b. 1990)
  • 1990 – Gene Callahan, American art director and production designer (b. 1923)
  • 1988 – Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (b. 1907)
  • 1986 – Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1980 – Tony Smith, American sculptor and educator (b. 1912)
  • 1977 – Howard Hawks, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1974 – Jack Benny, American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, and violinist (b. 1894)
  • 1973 – Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
  • 1972 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
  • 1968 – Weegee, Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (b. 1898)
  • 1963 – Gorgeous George, American wrestler (b. 1915)
  • 1931 – Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator, created the Dewey Decimal Classification (b. 1851)
  • 1925 – Jan Letzel, Czech architect, designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (b. 1880)
  • 1909 – Frederic Remington, American painter and illustrator (b. 1861)
  • 1784 – Seth Warner, American colonel (b. 1743)
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