December 26 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)

1792 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze

1825 Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]

2004 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people

Today’s Historical Events

268 Saint Dionysius, Roman Pope (259-260), dies

795 Leo III is elected to serve as Pope on the day his predecessor was buried and is consecrated the following day

1198 French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest

1481 Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht

1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)

1568 Uprising of Morisco’s against suppression in Granada

1606 First known performance of William Shakespeare‘s tragedy “King Lear” before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London

1659 Long Parliament reforms in Westminster

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1924 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as ‘Baby Frances’, makes her show business debut

1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

1940 “The Philadelphia Story” film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name, starring Cary GrantKatharine Hepburn and James Stewart, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)

1951 “The African Queen”, directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released in LA, California (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)

1960 Musical “Do re mi” with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

1967 BBC broadcasts The Beatles psychedelic travelogue “Magical Mystery Tour”

1973 Horror film “The Exorcist” based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blair, rated X, premieres – 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture

Today’s Historical Music Events

1830 Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Anna Bolena” premieres in Milan

1831 Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “Norma” premieres in Milan

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.

1879 Johannes Brahms‘ “Tragic Ouverture” premieres

1892 Opera “Cristoforo Colombo” is produced (La Scala)

1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play “Of Thee I Sing” by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City

1936 Israel’s Philarmonic Orchestra forms

1946 “Beggar’s Holiday” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1860 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

1908 African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout

1917 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron

1918 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW)

1919 Yankees and Boston Red Sox reach agreement to move future Baseball Hall of Fame pitching slugger Babe Ruth to New York

1925 1st East-West Shrine Bowl game of college football ‘all-stars’ played before 25,000 fans at Ewing Park, San Francisco. Proceeds continue to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

1925 NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans’ 3-1 win; Roy Worters makes incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY

1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming