Today in History for 26th December 2018

Historical Events

1568 – Uprising of Morisco’s against suppression in Granada
1945 – CFP franc and CFA franc created
1948 – Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty arrested
1967 – BBC broadcasts “Magical Mystery Tour”
1977 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1997 – The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.

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Famous Birthdays

1633 – Charles E Biset, Flemish painter, baptised
1853 – René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
1859 – Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist
1942 – Vinicio Cerezo, President of Guatemala (1986-91), born in Guatemala City
1968 – Mideon [Dennis Knight], American professional wrestler, born in Clearwater, Florida
1978 – Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan

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Famous Deaths

1530 – Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur, Timurid founder and 1st Emperor of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent (1526-30), dies at 47
1827 – Jan David Holland, composer, dies at 81
1950 – James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
1960 – Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
1974 – Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80
1980 – Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)

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