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  • Delaware River, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 26, 1776

    George Washington

    Washington crossed the Delaware River

    Delaware River, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 26, 1776

    Washington crossed the Delaware River at sunset on Christmas Day, December 25, 1776, and risked capture staking out the Jersey shoreline. His men followed across the ice-obstructed river in sleet and snow at McKonkey's Ferry, with 40 men per vessel. Wind churned up the waters, and they were pelted with hail, but by 3:00 a.m. they made it across with no losses.




  • Pressburg (Present Day Bratislava, Hungary)
    Thursday Dec 26, 1805

    Napoleon

    Peace of Pressburg (1805)

    Pressburg (Present Day Bratislava, Hungary)
    Thursday Dec 26, 1805

    The Allied disaster at Austerlitz significantly shook the faith of Emperor Francis in the British-led war effort. France and Austria agreed to an armistice immediately and the Treaty of Pressburg followed shortly after on 26 December.




  • Paris, France
    Wednesday Dec 26, 1888

    Eiffel Tower

    Construction of the upper stage

    Paris, France
    Wednesday Dec 26, 1888

    Construction of the upper stage.




  • Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1893

    Mao Zedong

    Birth

    Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1893

    Mao Zedong was born on December 26, 1893, in Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China.




  • Paris, France
    Monday Dec 26, 1898

    Marie Curie

    The Curies Announced The Existence of a Second Element, Which They Named "radium"

    Paris, France
    Monday Dec 26, 1898

    On 26 December 1898, the Curies announced the existence of a second element, which they named "radium", from the Latin word for "ray". In the course of their research, they also coined the word "radioactivity".




  • U.S.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    Thanksgiving

    Joint resolution

    U.S.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day to the fourth Thursday in November.




  • Crimean Peninsula, U.S.S.R.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    World War II

    Battle of the Kerch Peninsula

    Crimean Peninsula, U.S.S.R.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    In May the Germans defeated Soviet offensives in the Kerch Peninsula. The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula was a World War II battle between Erich von Manstein's German and Romanian 11th Army and the Soviet Crimean Front forces in the Kerch Peninsula. It began on 26 December 1941 with an amphibious landing operation by two Soviet armies intended to break the Siege of Sevastopol. From January through April, the Crimean Front launched repeated offensives against the 11th Army, all of which failed with heavy losses. Superior German artillery firepower was largely responsible for the Soviet debacle. On 8 May 1942, the Axis struck with great force in a major counteroffensive code-named Trappenjagd which concluded by around 19 May 1942 with the liquidation of the Soviet defending forces.


  • Leyte Island, Philippines
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1944

    World War II

    Battle of Leyte

    Leyte Island, Philippines
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1944

    In late October, American forces invaded the Filipino island of Leyte. The invasion lasted from 17 October to 26 December 1944.


  • North Korea
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1950

    Korean War

    The Command of the US Eighth Army

    North Korea
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1950

    Lieutenant General Matthew Ridgway assuming the command of the US Eighth Army on 26 December.


  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    Marco van Basten

    2nd Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    Van Basten won his 2nd Ballon d'Or.


  • Ukraine
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Holidays

    Ukraine
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    On December 26, the Supreme Soviet of Ukrainian SSR adopted a law designating Christmas, Easter, and the Feast of the Holy Trinity official holidays.


  • Russia
    Thursday Dec 26, 1991

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Out of existence

    Russia
    Thursday Dec 26, 1991

    On December 26, the Council of the Republics, the upper chamber of the Union's Supreme Soviet, voted both itself and the Soviet Union out of existence.


  • Serbia
    Thursday Dec 26, 1991

    Croatian War of Independence

    A Smaller Yugoslavia

    Serbia
    Thursday Dec 26, 1991

    On December 26, 1991, the Serb-dominated federal presidency announced plans for a smaller Yugoslavia that could include the territory captured from Croatia during the war.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 26, 2002

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Marriage

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 26, 2002

    O'Neal married Shaunie Nelson on December 26, 2002. The couple have four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'arah.


  • California, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 26, 2006

    Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner

    The Pursuit of Happyness

    California, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 26, 2006

    The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner, Thandie Newton as Jackie Medina and Jaden Smith as Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner, focused on Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness.


  • Colombia
    Wednesday Dec 26, 2007

    Colombian conflict

    Operation Emmanuel was approved

    Colombia
    Wednesday Dec 26, 2007

    At the end of 2007, FARC agreed to release former senator Consuelo González, politician Clara Rojas and her son Emmanuel, born in captivity after a relationship with one of her captors. Operation Emmanuel was proposed and set up by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, with the permission of the Colombian government. The mission was approved on December 26. Although, on December 31, FARC claimed that the hostage release had been delayed because of Colombian military operations. On the same time, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe indicated that FARC had not freed the three hostages because Emmanuel may not be in their hands anymore. Two FARC gunmen were taken prisoner.


  • Tangjung, South Korea
    Monday Dec 26, 2011

    Samsung

    Acquiring The Stake of Sony In S-LCD

    Tangjung, South Korea
    Monday Dec 26, 2011

    As of 26 December 2011, it was announced that Samsung had acquired the stake of Sony in S-LCD.


  • North Korea
    Monday Dec 26, 2011

    Kim Jong-un

    Chairman of the Central Military Commission and Supreme leader of the country

    North Korea
    Monday Dec 26, 2011

    On 26 December 2011, the leading North Korean newspaper reported that Kim Jong-un had been acting as chairman of the Central Military Commission, and supreme leader of the country, following his father's demise.


  • Liberia
    Tuesday Dec 26, 2017

    George Weah

    The Second Round of The 2017 Elections

    Liberia
    Tuesday Dec 26, 2017

    After winning the first round of the 2017 election, Weah and Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party went into the second round of the election. In the second round, Weah was elected President of Liberia, winning a run-off against Vice President Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote.


  • Russia
    Thursday Dec 26, 2019
    21 PM

    First Chechen War

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Russia
    Thursday Dec 26, 2019
    21 PM

    Russia became an independent nation after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.


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