Today in History for 26th December 2019

Historical Events

1902 – Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) and Christy Williams (42)
1925 – The Communist Party of India is founded
1975 – Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
1996 – The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force
2001 – Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) record one of their largest 1-day jumps of the year as traders become convinced that OPEC will follow through on production cuts
2003 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam.

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Famous Birthdays

1771 – Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
1809 – William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
1826 – Franz Coenen, composer
1883 – Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950)
1939 – [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), born in The Bronx, New York
1972 – Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer, born in Coronel Dorrego Partido, Argentina

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Famous Deaths

1942 – Chris ‘Red’ Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
1958 – Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, dies on 89th birthday
1969 – Josef Hromádka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957), dies at 80
1981 – Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
1991 – Sam Cresson, dies at 73
2011 – Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88

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