December 26 events in history

1135 Coronation of King Stephen of England
1481 Battle of Westbroek: Holland defeats troops of Utrecht
1776 American Revolutionary War: In the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian mercenaries
1790 Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution
1793 Second Battle of Wissembourg: France defeat Austria
1793 The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place
1799 Four thousand people attend George Washington's funeral where Henry Lee III declares him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
1805 Austria and France sign the Treaty of Pressburg
1806 Battles of Pultusk and Golymin: Russian forces hold French forces under Napoleon
1811 A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable
1825 Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Czar Nicholas I and are put down in the Decembrist revolt in Saint Petersburg
1846 Trapped in snow in the Sierra Nevadas and without food, members of the Donner Party resort to cannibalism
1860 The first ever inter-club association football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
1861 American Civil War: The Trent Affair: Confederate diplomatic envoys James M. Mason and John Slidell are freed by the United States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and United Kingdom
1862 American Civil War: The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou begins
1862 Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship
1862 The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, 38 Native Americans died
1870 The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed
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
1883 The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland
1898 Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium
1900 A relief crew arrives at the lighthouse on the Flannan Isles of Scotland, UK, only to find the previous crew has disappeared without a trace
1919 Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee
1925 Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar
1941 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States
1943 World War II: German warship Scharnhorst is sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces
1944 World War II: George S. Patton's Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium
1948 Cardinal József Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy
1963 The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level
1966 The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach
1972 Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history
1976 The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist–Leninist) is founded
1982 Time's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer
1991 The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union
1994 Four Armed Islamic Group hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969. When the plane lands at Marseille, a French Gendarmerie assault team boards the aircraft and kills the hijackers
1996 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado
1996 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history
1997 The Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore
1998 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones
1999 The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage
2003 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam
2004 A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000
2004 Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny
2006 An oil pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria explodes, killing at least 260