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1194 Frederick II Iesi Italy, German Emperor (1212-1250)/King of Sicily
1618 Elisabeth Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess
1633 Charles E Biset Flemish painter, baptised
1660 Peter Schenck German/Netherlands engraver/publisher, baptised
1687 Johann Georg Pisendel German violinist/composer
1716 Thomas Gray English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
1731 Anthony Ziesenis architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
1738 Thomas Nelson merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1747 Cornelis Stevens Belgium, Roman Catholic foreman/polemist (Le sophisme dévoilé)
1762 Franz Wilhelm Tausch composer
1770 Pierre earl de Cambronne French general (Waterloo, Elba)
1771 Heinrich J von Collin Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
1778 Juan Lovera Venezuela, artist
1792 Charles Babbage English inventor (calculating machine)
1793 Franz Hunten composer
1797 Hans Skramstad composer
1805 Joseph-Leon Gatayes composer
1808 Albert Grisar composer
1809 William Nelson Pendleton Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1883
1812 Wilhelm Volkmar composer
1815 Israel Bush Richardson Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1820 Gustavus Adolphus Smith Brigadier-General (Union volunteers), died in 1885
1822 Dion Boucicault Irish/Us actor/playwright (Rip van Winkle)
1824 Augustus Louis Chetlain Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1914
1826 Franz Coenen composer
1826 Martinus Nijhoff founder Nijhoff's book/publisher (Van Dale)
1837 Admiral George Dewey American naval hero of Manila
1845 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi composer
1849 Samuel E "Sam" van Beem actor (Fanfan la Tulipe)
1855 Arnold Ludwig Mendelssohn composer
1859 Johan F van Bemmelen Dutch zoologist
1861 Friedrich Engel German mathematician (group theory)
1862 Alexander V Amfiteatrov Russian/French/Italian writer
1867 Julien Benda French philosopher/writer (Dialogues à Byzance)
1869 Harry Redman composer
1873 Hubert Cuypers Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
1873 Karel Moor composer
1874 Norman Angell [Lane] English cowboy/journalist (Nobel 1933)
1878 Isaiah Bowman US, geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)
1879 Armen Tigran Tigranyan composer
1879 Julius Weismann composer
1883 Carl Oscar Ahues Germany, International Chess Master (1950)
1883 Frank Debenham Australian geographer/geologist
1886 Gyula Gömbös von Jákfa general/dictator of Hungary (1932-35)
1888 Hiroshi "Can" Kikuchi Japanese stagewriter (Tjitj Kaeru)
1891 Henry Miller author (Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, Sexus)
1891 Jean Galtier-Boissière French writer/cartoonist/journalist
1893 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky composer
1893 Mao Tse-tung of little red book fame, PM of China People's Republic (1949-76)
1893 Yury Nikolayevich Tyulin composer
1894 Antonio Molina composer
1897 Willie Corsari [Wilhelmina A Schmidt] Dutch writer
1901 Georgy Mikhaylovich Rimsky-Korsakov composer
1901 Victor Hely-Hutchinson composer
1902 Elisha Cook Jr San Francisco CA, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI)
1904 Alentejo Carpentier Cubans/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo)
1906 BVA Röling Dutch lawyer
1908 Ralph Hill US, 5K runner (Olympics-1932)
1908 Hanns Maassen writer
1910 Lucy Faithfull children's campaigner
1914 Richard Widmark Sunrise MN, actor (Madigan, Judgement at Nüremberg)
1915 Hans [Henri A] Gomperts Dutch literature (Duck on Attic)
1915 Una Mae Carlisle US pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
1916 Helmut Eder composer
1917 Rosemary Woods Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
1920 Gote Carlid composer
1921 Steve Allen New York NY, comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show)
1925 Baron Baker activist
1926 Earle Brown composer
1926 Edgar D Ngoyi South African ANC leader (17 years in Robbeneiland Jail)
1926 Zlatko Pibernik composer
1927 Alan King Brooklyn NY, comedian/actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me)
1927 Denis Quilley London England, actor (Masada)
1930 Donald Moffat Plymouth England, actor (Kent-Logan's Run)
1930 Sayed Mutawli imam ad-Darsh scholar/broadcaster
1931 Thomas Eden Binkley musician
1931 Thomas K "Tom" van Brook actor/interpreter (Soldier of Orange)
1932 Walter Leblanc Belgian painter
1935 Abdul "Duke" Fakir Detroit MI, rock vocalist (Four Tops)
1935 Barbara J Jacket US athletic coach (Olympics-1972)
1935 Rohan Kanhai cricketer (one of West Indies' finest batsmen)
1936 Kitty Dukakis 1st lady of Massachusetts/wife of Michael (Governor-MA)
1939 [Harvey] Phil Spector record producer (Wall of Sound)
1939 Lynn Martin US Secretary of Labor (1991-93)
1940 Harmen Siezen Dutch TV-journal host
1941 Daniel Schmid actor/director (Paloma, Violanta, Hecate, Amateurs)
1942 Earl Cate Fayetteville AR, country singer/twin of Ernie (Cate Brothers-Fire on the Tracks)
1942 Ernie Cate Fayetteville AR, country singer/twin of Earl (Cate Brothers-Fire on the Tracks)
1942 Barry Wood cricketer (England opener in early 70's)
1942 Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo President of Guatemala (1986-91)
1942 Rob de Nijs Dutch singer (Put a candle in your window)
1944 Jane Lapotaire actress (Spirit of the Dead)
1945 John Walsh activist/TV host (America's Most Wanted)
1946 Gordon Edwards rocker
1946 Lisette Hordijk Dutch TV broadcaster
1947 Carlton Fisk Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
1947 Joyce Jillson Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)
1948 Chris Chambliss 1st baseman (New York Yankee)
1949 Ira Newborn New York NY, orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer)
1950 Michael Jones rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
1950 Victoria Racimo New York NY, actress (Corene-Falcon Crest)
1951 Richard Skinner British DJ
1952 André-Michel Schub Paris France, pianist (Van Cliburn-1981)
1953 Matthew Harding businessman/soccer supporter
1953 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov Russian cosmonaut
1954 Peter Woods rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
1954 Ullrich Diessner German Democratic Republic, 4 man cox/twin of Walter (Olympics-silver-1976)
1954 Walter Diessner German Democratic Republic, 4 man cox/twin of Ullrich (Olympics-silver-1976)
1954 Ozzie Smith Mobile AL, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
1954 Susan H Butcher dog sled driver (Iditarod)
1956 Gail Tatterson WBL center (New York Stars)
1956 Karen Smith WBL forward (New York Stars)
1959 Lesley Tomlinson Derbyshire England, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1960 Terri Garber Miami FL, actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty)
1961 Storm Davis Dallas TX, pitcher (Kansas City Royals)
1961 Tahnee Welch [La Tahn Renee Welch] San Diego CA, actress (Cocoon)
1963 Lars Ulrich Gentofte Denmark, rock drummer (Metallica-Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters)
1964 Colleen Dion Newburgh NY, actress (Felicia-Bold & Beautiful, Brett Gardner-Another World)
1964 Jeff King Marion IN, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1965 Ben Husaby Eden Prairie MN, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
1966 Tim Legler NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets)
1967 Tony Covington NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
1968 Darren Barber Victoria British Columbia, rower (Olympics-96)
1970 Lisa Gathright Moline IL, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1993)
1970 Radka Zrubakova Bratislava Slovakia, tennis star (1994 Futures-Germany)
1970 Willie Williams NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks)
1971 Mark Lathwell cricketer (England opening batsman vs Australia 1993)
1972 Burnell Roques NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
1972 Derrick Cullors running back (New England Patriots)
1972 Jared Leto Bossier City LA, actor (Jordan-My So Called Life)
1973 Ryan Berube US, 800 meter freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)
1974 Tiffany Brissette actress (Vicki-Small Wonder)
1974 Tony Brackens defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1975 Marcelo Rios Santiago Chile, tennis star (1995 Amsterdam)
1977 Brandee Layne Loving Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1996)
1980 Serena Phillips Corvallis OR, figure skater (1997 Pruetten Champion)
1985 Steven Hartman Westlake CA, actor (Rick Forrester-Bold & Beautiful)


Deaths which occurred on December 26:

0267 Dionysius bishop of Rome/saint, dies
1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza duke of Milan, murdered
1530 Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah founder Mogols-dynasty, dies at 47
1574 Charles Guise archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50
1624 Simon Marius astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54
1627 Gonzaga Italian monarch of Mantua/Monferrato, dies
1658 Simon Guillain French sculptor (Castle of Blois/Sorbonne), dies at 78
1676 Domenicus van Tol Dutch painter, dies
1679 John van de Cappelle Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53
1736 Antonio Caldara composer, dies
1740 Mauritius Louis II earl of Nassau Lieutenant-General (12 children), dies
1771 Claude A Helvétius French encyclopedist (L'esprit), dies at 56
1776 Johann Gottlieb Rall Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle
1797 John Wilkes English journalist/Higher/Lower house leader, dies at 72
1827 Jan David Holland composer, dies at 81
1836 Hans Georg Nageli composer, dies at 63
1837 Martinus van Marum chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87
1861 Philip St George Cocke Confederate Brigadier-General, commits suicide at 52
1862 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato
1866 Samuel Ryan Curtis Union General-Major, dies at 49
1879 Jean Leonard Marie Poiseuille dies
1887 Jules François Blasini Curaçao pianist/composer, dies at 40
1890 Heinrich Schliemann German archaeologist (Trojan War), dies at 86
1916 Bernhard Scholz composer, dies at 81
1916 Frank Penn cricketer (one Test for England vs Australia 1880), dies
1917 Louise J Gautier French poetess/daughter of Théophile G, dies at 71
1918 Bertram Luard-Selby composer, dies at 65
1933 Lunatscharski writer, dies
1937 Ivor Gurney composer, dies at 47
1942 Bosinier de la Chapelle French murderer of Admiral Darlan, executed at 24
1950 Emile Enthoven composer, dies at 47
1950 James Stephens Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
1952 Pietro Pancrazi Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
1956 Holmes Herbert actor (The Kiss), dies at 74
1957 Artur Malawski composer, dies at 53
1958 Harry Redman composer, dies on 89th birthday
1960 Eduard Ludwig German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
1961 Charlie Frank cricketer (South Africa Test centurion vs Australia 1921-22), dies
1963 "Gorgeous George" Wagner wrestler, dies
1965 Anthonie Donker Dutch [Professor N Donkersloot], literary, dies at 63
1966 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 88
1966 Noel Gallon composer, dies at 75
1967 S F Barnes cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets), dies
1969 Louise L de Vilmorin French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
1971 Robert Lowery actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
1972 Harry Truman 33rd US President dies in Kansas City MO at 88
1973 Harold B Lee US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
1973 Steven Geray actor (French Line), dies at 69
1973 William Haines actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73
1974 Jack Benny comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 80
1974 Knudage Riisager composer, dies at 77
1974 Robert Levine Sanders composer, dies at 68
1976 Philip A Hart (Senator-D-MI), dies at 64
1977 Howard Hawks director (Rio Lobo, Hatari!), dies at 81
1977 Ivan Rezak composer, dies at 53
1985 Dian Fossey zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered at 53
1986 Elsa Lanchester actress (Bride of Frankenstien), dies at 84
1988 John Loder actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
1989 Samuel Beckett Irish playright dies in Paris
1989 Lennox Berkeley composer, dies at 86
1989 Peggy Thorpe-Bates actress (Alcatraz Island), dies
1990 Nancy Cruznan accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
1991 Dehl Berti actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise), dies at 70
1991 Sam Cresson dies at 73
1992 Bert [Lambertus H] Voeten Dutch poet (Antipodes), dies at 74
1992 Constance Carpenter actress (2 Worlds), dies of stroke at 87
1992 John G Kemeny US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies
1992 Nikita Magaloff Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
1993 Jeff Morrow actor (Robe, Harbor Lights, Blood Legacy), dies at 80
1994 Asta ER Elstak Suriname/Netherlands welfare worker, dies at 74
1994 Johannes J "Joop" Klant Netherlands/South African economist/author, dies
1994 Karl Schiller minister of RFA Economics (1966-72), dies
1994 Robert Emhardt actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 80
1994 Sylvia Brandts Buys actress (Hague's Post), dies at 85
1994 Sylvia Koscina Croatian/Italian actress (Hercules), dies at 61
1997 John Hinde photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
1997 John Whitley air-Marshal, dies at 92

Reported: MISSING in ACTION

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 1961    FRYETT           GEORGE FREDRICK   LONG BEACH            CA     06/24/62 RELEASED   RET-ADDRESSED AS SIR GEORGE/ALIVE 98
1969 TROWBRIDGE DUSTIN C. WAYNE IL
1971 GUENTHER LYNN THE DALLAS OR 02/12/73 RELEASED BY DRV INJURED ALIVE IN 98
1971 KOONS DALE F. EATON OH "DEAD, PHOTO OF ID" REM RET 1/03/90
1971 STOLZ LAWRENCE G. HAUBSTADT IN "DEAD, PHOTO OF ID" REMAINS RETURNED 1/03/90
1972 COOK JAMES R. WILMINGTON NC 02/12/73 RELEASED BY DRV INJURED ALIVE AND WELL 98
1972 HUDSON ROBERT M. SHAWNEE MISSION KS 02/12/73 RELEASED BY DRV ALIVE AND WELL 98
1972 LABEAU MICHAEL M. LINCOLN PARK MI 02/12/73 RELEASED BY DRV ALIVE AND WELL 98
1972 MORRIS ROBERT J. JR. ST CHARLES MO 09/30/77 REMAINS RETURNED BY SRV
1972 VAVROCH DUANE P. TAMA IA 02/12/73 RELEASED BY DRV ALIVE AND WELL 98
1972 WIMBROW NUTTER J. WHALEYSVILLE MD 09/30/77 REMAINS RETURNED BY SRV

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On this day...

0268 St Dionysius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0418 St Zosimus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0795 St Leo III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1198 French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest
1481 Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht
1492 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
1568 Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada
1620 Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth MA
1659 Long Parliament reforms in Westminster
1748 France & Austria signs treaty about Southern Netherlands
1773 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia
1776 Battle of Trenton-major British defeat
1776 George Washington defeats Hessians at Trenton
1799 George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in the hearts of his countrymen"
1805 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
1805 France & Austria sign Peace of Pressburg
1809 English invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
1813 Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrender to allied armies
1825 Erie Canal opens
1830 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
1848 1st gold seekers arrive in Panamá en route to San Francisco
1848 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
1854 Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
1860 Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)
1860 Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small force at Fort Sumter
1862 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
1862 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato MN, due to their uprising
1862 Battle of Dumfries VA
1865 James H Mason (Massachusetts) patents 1st US coffee percolator
1872 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")
1877 Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st national convention
1878 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
1879 John Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
1890 King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
1892 The opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
1899 Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed
1902 Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) & Christy Williams (42)
1908 Jackson Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 at Sydney, Australia for heavyweight boxing title
1916 Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France
1917 Federal government took over operation of American RR for duration of WWI
1917 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
1918 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Australia after WWI (Victoria vs New South Wales)
1919 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth
1924 Judy Garland, age 2½, billed as Baby Frances, show business debut
1925 1st East-West football game at Ewing Park before 25,000 fans
1925 NHL record 141 shots as New York Americans (73) beat Pittsburgh Pirates (68) 3-1
1925 Turkey adopts Gregorian calendar
1925 New York's Jake Forbes makes 67 saves, Pittsburgh's Ray Waters makes 70
1926 Prince-regent Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan
1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
1928 World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) New South Wales vs Victoria
1931 George/Ira Gershwin's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" premieres on Broadway
1931 SS-Sturmbannführer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten
1932 Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu China
1933 US forswears armed intervention in the Western Hemisphere
1933 Bradman scores 187 New South Wales vs Victoria, 294 minutes, 13 fours
1934 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
1935 Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth"
1936 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra forms
1938 Bradman scores 225 South Australia vs Queensland before Christ gets him out
1938 Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England vs South Africa
1939 Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
1939 Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
1940 1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
1940 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen" premieres in New York NY
1941 Winston Churchill becomes 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that the Axis would "stop at nothing"
1943 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
1943 Chicago Bears win NFL championship
1944 Battle of Bastogne-US General Patton's 4th Pantzers repulse the Germans
1944 Budapest surrounded by soviet army
1944 Tennessee Williams' play "Glass Menagerie" premieres in Chicago
1946 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
1946 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
1946 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
1946 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
1947 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
1947 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hours; That same day, Los Angeles set a record high of 84º F
1947 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances
1948 Hungarian cardinal Mindszenty arrested
1950 Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6 million for 6 years)
1954 Cleveland Browns beat Detroit Lions 56-10 in NFL championship game
1954 "The Shadow" airs for last time on radio
1955 Cleveland Browns beat Los Angeles Rams 38-14 in NFL championship game
1955 RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
1957 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
1960 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres at St James Theater NYC for 400 performances
1963 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
1963 Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
1963 US furnishes cereal to USSR
1964 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
1964 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
1964 Moors Murderers claim last victim
1965 "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
1965 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
1965 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline
1966 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1967 The BBC broadcasts "The Magical Mystery Tour"
1967 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
1968 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against the New York Rangers in New York's Madison Square Garden
1968 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
1968 Jay Allens "Forty Carats" premieres in New York NY
1968 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Boston as opener for Vanilla Fudge
1973 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
1973 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth
1973 "The Exorcist", starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres
1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
1975 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
1975 A crowd of 85661 attends the 1st day of the Australia-West Indies MCG Test Cricket
1976 "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1978 India's former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail
1981 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia vs West Indies
1982 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1983 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, vs Pakistan MCG
1983 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1984 Belgian princess Astrid marries arch duke Otto L van Austrian-Este
1985 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, vs India at the MCG
1986 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
1986 Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games
1986 Hijackers take over an Iraqi Airways Boeing 737 with 91 people on board during a flight from Baghdad to Amman - it lands in Arar, Saudi Arabia where it explodes, killing 62 people.
1987 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
1988 "Legs Diamond" starring Peter Allen prenieres at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances
1988 Anti African student rebellion in China People's Republic
1989 ODI debut for Mark Taylor & Sanath Jayasuriya at cricket MCG
1990 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship
1990 Reggie Williams becomes 1st GM of WLAF's New York-New Jersey Knights
1990 Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
1991 Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years
1991 Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction
1991 Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India
1991 New York Islander Derek King ties New Jersey Devils 5-5 with ½ second left
1992 New York Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75
1993 Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
1993 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41)
1993 Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez win Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tourn
1994 Actor Jason Hervey (22) weds Kelley Patricia O'Neill (27)
1994 French commando's terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille
1994 President's ½ brother Roger Clinton (37) weds 8-month pregnant Molly Nartin (25)
1995 Muttiah Muralitharan no-balled for throwing (SL vs Australia, MCG)
1995 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player, 18 years 340 ds





Holidays

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Africa, US : Kwanzaa (1966)
China People's Republic : Mao Tse-Tung's Birthday
Czechoslovakia : Day of Rest
West Germany : 2nd Day of Christmas
Canada, United Kingdom (except Scotland), Australia, New Zealand : Boxing Day - - - - - ( Monday )
Canada, United Kingdom (except Scotland), Australia, New Zealand : Boxing Day - - - - - ( Tuesday )
Canada, United Kingdom (except Scotland), Australia, New Zealand : Boxing Day - - - - - ( Wednesday )
Canada, United Kingdom (except Scotland), Australia, New Zealand : Boxing Day - - - - - ( Thursday )
Canada, United Kingdom (except Scotland), Australia, New Zealand : Boxing Day - - - - - ( Friday )

Religious Observances

Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran : Feast of St Stephen, deacon, the 1st martyr
Roman Catholic : Commemoration of St Vicenta Maria Lopez y Vicuna, foundress

Religious History

1531 German reformer Martin Luther declared: 'The inner man is a saint; the outer man is a sinner. That is why we confess in the Creed that the church is holy but pray for forgiveness of sins in the Lord's Prayer.'
1620 Plymouth Colony was settled by the "Mayflower" colonists. (In 1691 Plymouth joined other neighboring settlements to form the royal colony of Massachusetts.)
1830 Birth of William Caven, Scottish_born Canadian Presbyterian leader. He taught at Knox College, in Toronto, the last 39 years of his life. Though staunchly conservative, Caven was genuinely interested in social issues and thoroughly committed to missions.
1887 Birth of Charles Brandon Booth, American social reformer and head of the Volunteers of America, 1949_58. Booth was the grandson of Salvation Army founder William Booth.
1970 American missionary and apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'We can fail after we are truly Christians because becoming a Christian does not rob us of our true humanity.'

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (pilgrimwb@aol.com)

Thought for the day :

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