On This Day in History, December 26

As you unbox your gifts this festive season, get in the mood to know what happened on this day in history. This list will provide you with detailed information on the major events that happened on December 26 and made it to the books of history.

Read to find out!

  • 1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium.
  • 1913 – Writer Ambrose Bierce’s last known communication was a letter to his close friend Blanche Partington.
  • 1921 – The Catholic Irish Free State became Great Britain’s self-governing dominion.
  • 1933 – FM radio patent was granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong.
  • 1941 – Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1944 Tennessee Williams’ play “Glass Menagerie” premiered in Chicago.
  • 1946 –  The opening of Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • 1954 – “The Shadow” aired on radio for the last time.
  • 1959 – The first charity walk, in aid of the World Refugee Fund, took place along Icknield Way.
  • 1965 – Musician Paul McCartney was interviewed on the pirate radio station.
  • 1967 – BBC broadcasted “Magical Mystery Tour” on this day.
  • 1982 – The Computer was named Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine.
  • 1986 – NHL Legend Mark Messier was suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun that led to breaking his cheekbone.
  • 1988 – There was an Anti-African student rebellion in Nanjing, China.
  • 1996 – The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force.
  • 1998 –  Iraq announced that it would fire on U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the skies over northern and southern Iraq.
  • 2002 – The first cloned human baby was born.
  • 2005 – Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto.
  • 2012 – China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail route from Beijing to Guangzhou.
  • 2019 – Annular solar eclipse became visible from South and South East Asia.

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