December 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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!

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 Events 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 ten games for starting a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone.

1982 After taking the world of technology by storm, the PC was named TIME’s Man of the Year.


1980 A security patrol near RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk, UK, saw what they believed to be a UFO.

This was the first in a series of unexplained lights witnessed in the area. The patrol saw the lights descend into a nearby forest, and when they went to investigate, they found a glowing metallic object covered in lights. It moved further away from them whenever they tried to approach it. The incident has since been referred to as "Britain's Roswell."

1973 The horror film “The Exorcist,” based on book and screenplay by William Peter Blatty, premiered.

OTD in 1973: The horror film "The Exorcist

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.

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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.

1908 Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight boxing title.

OTD in 1908: Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight boxing title.

It was challenging for Johnson to even fight the suitable matches in a racially divided world to reach this level. After goading Tommy Burns, the champion at the time, for two years, a match was finally set up in Sydney, Australia. After fourteen rounds, Johnson came away victorious.

1898 Marie and Pierre Curie announced their discovery of radium.

1865 James H Mason patented the first US coffee percolator.

Famous Quotes Said On December 26

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.


“When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”

– Voltaire

Famous People Born On December 26

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Jared Leto. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1990 Andy Biersack

American Rock Singer

Andy Biersack
32 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

1992 Jade Thirlwall

English Pop Singer

Jade Thirlwall
30 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1971 Jared Leto

American Actor

Jared Leto
51 years old
Born In:
Louisiana, USA

1986 Kit Harington

English Actor

Kit Harington
36 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1913 - 2006 Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford was an American president born on July 14, 1913. He died on this day in 2006, at age 93 in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

Special Holidays On December 26

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

December 26: National Thank You Note Day

National Thank You Note Day

There’s no better time than the Christmas period to get you in good cheer, so why not share the love with the people you appreciate? You can write a thank you note to anyone, not just to your grandparents - the mailman, your professor, the butcher, anyone that’s done you a good turn.

December 26: National Candy Cane Day

National Candy Cane Day

Some like to crunch on them, and some want to suck on them until they turn into a sharp stripey spike. It doesn’t really matter how you enjoy candy canes; they’re delicious either way! So don’t forget to stock up on candy canes today and share them with your friends and family.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The London Underground has its own subspecies of mosquito, which is more aggressive towards humans than its surface-dwelling relative.

December 26 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Capricorn is the last earth sign of the zodiac. It’s represented by the sea goat – a mythological creature with the body of a goat and the tail of a fish.

Anybody born during December has the Blue Topaz birthstone. This icy-looking gemstone offers prosperity and fortune to the wearer while also protecting them from harm.

If you were lucky enough to be born on this day, you were likely conceived around April 4, the same year.

The due date for a baby conceived on this day is around September 18, 2024.

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