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December 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 26

December 26th is Thank You Note Day and Candy Cane Day.

The countdown to the new year begins! We’re now only 5 days away!

For those of you who were born on this day, your star sign is Capricorn.

Take some time today to celebrate this day by spending a few moments learning about some important events that happened December 26th in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1996, the largest strike in South Korean history began? Workers from the automotive and shipbuilding industries were protesting a law that made it easier to fire them.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 26th in history!

What Happened On December 26 In History?

2004

A devastating tsunami and earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean.

OTD in 2004: A devastating tsunami and earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean.
The earthquake was a 9.3 magnitude which caused a tsunami that hit Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives. The destruction killed 230,000 people.
1996

JonBenét Ramsey was found dead.

This six-year-old beauty queen was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. The crime remains to be unsolved and the case remained open.
1996

The largest strike in South Korean history began.

It consisted of auto and shipbuilding employees protesting against an unfair labor law.
1991

Jack Ruby’s gun, which was used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, sold for $220,000 in an auction.

1986

Mark Messier was suspended for 10 games for starting a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone.

1982

After taking the world of technology by a storm, the PC was named TIME’s Man of the Year.

Source Wired
1973

Horror film “The Exorcist” based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty premiered.

OTD in 1973: Horror film "The Exorcist" based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty premiered.
It was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture.
1966

Jimi Hendrix wrote “Purple Haze” backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London.

1941

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the US.

1924

Judy Garland made her show business debut.

At just 2 ½ years old, Judy Garland made her debut singing "Jingle Bells" with her elder sisters on the stage of her father's movie theater.
1865

James H Mason patented the first US coffee percolator.

Did you know that on this day, December 26th 1996, the largest strike in South Korean history began?