Return to homeBoxing Day Only recently an official holiday,
Boxing Day is celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and
Canada, as well as other countries in the British Commonwealth.
Although the tradition does appear to have arisen in Britain, falls
on the Feast Day of St. Stephen and involves gift-giving to the less
fortunate, its exact origins are the subject of debate among
historians and folklorists. One explanation: December 26 was the
traditional day to open alms boxes-placed in churches during the
holidays-and distribute the contributions to the poor. Another
origin may be when lords and ladies distributing Christmas gifts in
boxes to servants on their estate, a custom which continued to
include gift-giving to postal carriers and other service employees.
It has often been a day of outdoor sports such as horse racing and
hunting and also a time for family gatherings.
(HNQ, 12/26/00) 267 Dec 26,
Dionysius, bishop of Rome and saint, died.
1194 Dec 26, Frederick II,
German Emperor (1212-1250) and King of Sicily, was born in Lesi,
(HN, 12/26/98)(MC, 12/26/01)
1476 Dec 26, Galeazzo Maria
Sforza (Il Sforza del Destino), duke of Milan, was murdered.
1530 Dec 26, (OS) Zahir al-Din
Mohammed Babur Shah (47), founder Moguls dynasty (India), died.
Babur left power to his son Humayun, who built a royal city called
Purana Qila that is part of Delhi today. His memoirs, known as the
Baburnama, are considered the first true autobiography in Islamic
literature. The first English translation was made in 1922 by
1716 Dec 26, Thomas Gray, poet,
was born: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: “The paths of glory
lead but to the grave."; also: “...where ignorance is bliss/’Tis
folly to be wise."
1770 Dec 26, Pierre earl de
Cambronne, French general (Waterloo, Elba), was born.
1771 Dec 26, Claude A.
Helvétius (56), French encyclopedist (L'esprit), died.
1773 Dec 26, Expulsion of tea
ships from Philadelphia.
1776 Dec 26, The British
suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the
Revolutionary War. After crossing the Delaware River into New
Jersey, George Washington led an attack on Hessian mercenaries and
took 900 men prisoner. Two Americans froze to death on the march but
none died in battle. There were 30 German casualties, 1,000
prisoners and 6 cannon captured. Four Americans were wounded in the
overwhelming American victory, while 22 Hessians were killed and 78
wounded. The surprise attack caught most of the 1,200 Hessian
soldiers at Trenton sleeping after a day of Christmas celebration.
The Americans captured 918 Hessians, who were taken as prisoners to
Philadelphia. The victory was a huge morale booster for the American
army and the country. The victory at Trenton was a huge success and
morale booster for the American army and people. However, the
enlistments of more than 4,500 of Washington’s soldiers were set to
end four days later and it was critical that the force remain
intact. General George Washington offered a bounty of $10 to any of
his soldiers who extended their enlistments six weeks beyond their
December 31, 1776, expiration dates. The American Revolution Battle
of Trenton saw the routing of 1,400 Hessian mercenaries, with 101
killed or wounded and about 900 taken prisoner, with no Americans
killed in the combat. Four Americans were wounded and two had died
of exhaustion en route to Trenton.
(AP, 12/26/97)(HN, 12/26/98)(SFC, 12/26/98,
p.A3)(HNQ, 3/20/99)(HNQ, 4/11/99)(HNQ, 12/26/99)
1778 Dec 26, Juan Lovera,
artist, was born: ‘artist of independence’: originator of Venezuelan
historical painting: paintings commemorate Venezuela’s independence
1785 Dec 26, Laurent Clerc,
teacher, was born: 1st deaf teacher in U.S., helped establish
American School for the Deaf in Connecticut.
1786 Dec 26, Daniel Shays led a
rebellion in Massachusetts to protest the seizure of property for
the non-payment of debt. Shays was a Revolutionary War veteran who
led a short-lived insurrection in western Massachusetts to protest a
tax increase that had to be paid in cash, a hardship for veteran
farmers who relied on barter and didn‘t own enough land to vote. The
taxes were to pay off the debts from the Revolutionary War, and
those who couldn‘t pay were evicted or sent to prison. [see Jan 25,
(HN, 12/26/98)(HNQ, 7/6/00)
1792 Dec 26, Charles Babbage
(d.1871), English inventor of the calculating machine, was born.
1799 Dec 26, The late George
Washington was eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as "first in war, first
in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
1806 Dec 26, Napoleon’s army
was checked by the Russians at the Battle of Pultusk.
1822 Dec 26, Dion Boucicault,
Irish-US actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle), was born.
1826 Dec 26, Franz Coenen,
composer, was born.
1830 Dec 26, Gaetano
Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena," premiered in Milan.
1831 Dec 26, Vincenzo Bellini's
opera "Norma," premiered at La Scala in Milan.
1837 Dec 26, George Dewey,
Admiral of the Navy, was born: Spanish-American War: hero of Manila:
“You may fire when you are ready, Gridley."
1848 Dec 26, The 1st
California-bound gold seekers arrived in Panama enroute to SF.
1854 Dec 26, Wood pulp paper
was 1st exhibited in Buffalo.
1860 Dec 26, Major Robert
Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small federal
force at Ft. Sumter, SC.
1861 Dec 26, Friedrich Engel,
German mathematician (group theory), was born.
1862 Dec 26, In Minnesota 38
Santee Sioux were hanged in Mankato for their part in the Sioux
Uprising. This marked the end of the US-Dakota War. In 2012 a
memorial was unveiled for the 38 hanged men, the largest mass
execution in US history.
(HN, 12/26/98)(SFC, 12/27/12, p.A8)
1862 Dec 26-28, Battle of
1865 Dec 26, James H. Nason
(Mason) of Franklin, Mass., received a patent for a coffee
(AP, 12/26/97)(MC, 12/26/01)
1866 Dec 26, In San Francisco
Lazarus Moses was fined $300 for selling goods stolen by the Hoodlum
1866 Dec 26, Brig. Gen. Philip
St. George Cooke, head of the Department of the Platte received word
of the Dec 21 Fetterman Fight in Powder River County in the Dakota
1872 Dec 26, The 4th largest
snowfall in NYC history reached 18 inches.
1878 Dec 26, The 1st US store
to install electric lights was in Philadelphia.
1879 Dec 26, The "Tragic
Overture" by Johannes Brahms premiered.
1890 Dec 26, Heinrich
Schliemann (86), German businessman and archaeologist, died. He
excavated the site of ancient Troy in 1870-1871.
1891 Dec 26, Henry Miller
(d.1980), American writer, was born. His work included "Tropic of
Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn". “Until we lose ourselves there is
no hope of finding ourselves." “Like ships, men founder time and
(AP, 3/16/97)(AP, 5/2/98)(HN, 12/26/98)
1893 Dec 26, Mao Tse-tung,
founding father of the People’s Republic of China (PM 1949-76), was
born in Shaoshan.
(HFA, ‘96, p.44)(HN, 12/26/98)(SFC, 8/24/99,
1894 Dec 26, Antonio Molina,
composer, was born.
1908 Dec 26, Jack Johnson
(1878-1946) of Texas knocked out Tommy Burns in Australia to become
the 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion. He was not
officially given the title until 1910 when he beat Jim Jeffries in
Las Vegas. In 1913 Johnson fled the US because of trumped up charges
of violating the Mann Act's stipulations against transporting white
women across state lines for prostitution. Johnson held the title
until 1915. In 1920 he returned to the US, was arrested and served a
one year sentence in Leavenworth in Kansas, where he was appointed
athletic director of the prison.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Johnson_(boxer))(ON, 4/09, p.7)
1914 Dec 26, Richard Widmark,
actor, was born: Judgment at Nuremberg, Murder on the Orient
Express, The Halls of Montezuma, How the West was Won, The Alamo,
Against All Odds, True Colors.
1917 Dec 26, Rosemary Woods,
Pres. Nixon's secretary, was born.
1917 Dec 26, As a wartime
measure, President Wilson placed railroads under government control,
with Secretary of War William McAdoo as director general.
(AP, 12/26/97)(HN, 12/26/98)
1921 Dec 26, Steve Allen
comedian, author, musician, composer, TV host, was born: The Tonight
Show, The Steve Allen Show; films: The Benny Goodman Story, cameo
with wife Jayne Meadows: Casino.
1925 Dec 26, Six U.S.
destroyers were ordered from Manila to China to protect interests in
the civil war that was being waged there.
1931 Dec 26, The Pulitzer
Prize-winning musical play “Of Thee I Sing" opened on Broadway.
1932 Dec 26, Some 70,000 were
killed in a massive earthquake in Kansu, China.
1936 Dec 26, The Palestine
Orchestra was formed. It grew to become the Israeli Philharmonic.
(SFC, 1/8/98, p.E1)(MC, 12/26/01)
1939 Dec 26-27, In Turkey a
series of vicious earthquakes in Erzincan province, magnitude 7.9,
took some 33,000 lives in Turkey.
(HN, 12/27/98)(MC, 12/27/01)(SFEC, 8/22/99,
1940 Dec 26, J.A. Fields' and
J. Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premiered in NYC.
1941 Dec 26, Winston Churchill
became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting
of the U.S. Congress.
1941 Dec 26, General Douglas
MacArthur declared Manila an open city in the face of the onrushing
1943 Dec 26, Count Claus von
Stauffenberg tried in vain to plant a bomb in Hitler’s headquarters.
1943 Dec 26, The 32,000-ton
German battleship Scharnhorst sank off Norway following an Allied
attack led by the British battleship Duke of York. Only 36 of the
1,900 crew survived. Researchers found the wreck in 2000.
(CMW, 1968, p.589)(HN, 12/26/98)(SFC, 10/4/00,
1944 Dec 26, Tennessee
Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" was first performed publicly,
at the Civic Theatre in Chicago.
1944 Dec 26, In the World War
II Battle of the Bulge, the embattled U.S. 101st Airborne Division
was relieved by units of the 4th Armored Division. The Battle of the
Bulge was the final major German counter-offensive of the war and
thrust deep into allied territory in N & E Belgium and
Luxembourg. US Gen Patton's tanks repulsed the Germans. Jimmy
Hendrix (19) captured 13 Germans in two 88-mm gun batteries and
rescued 3 Americans under enemy fire. Hendrix (d.2002 later awarded
the Medal of Honor.
(WUD, 1994, p.195)(SFC, 9/1/96, T3)(AP,
12/26/97)(MC, 12/26/01)(SFC, 11/21/02, p.A25)
1944 Dec 26, In Italy two
platoons of the segregated 92nd Infantry Division fought the German
14th Army at Sommocolonia. Of 70 “Buffalo Soldiers" and 25 Italian
Partisans only 18 survived. In 1977 Lt. John Fox and 6 other black
Americans were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. By the end
of the war 2,916 Buffalo soldiers fell breaking the Gothic Line.
(SFC, 7/13/00, p.A15)(Ind, 1/11/03, 5A)
1944 Dec 26, In Slovakia
American OSS personnel were captured in a surprise raid by a German
intelligence unit. Slovak agent Maria Gulovich (1921-2009) helped 2
American and 2 British agents escape. In 2002 Jim Downs authored
“World War II: OSS Tragedy in Slovakia."
(SFC, 10/2/09, p.E5)
1945 Dec 26, The Big Three, the
US, Soviet Union and Great Britain, ended a 10-day meeting, seeking
an atomic rule by the UN Council.
1945 Dec 26, The CFA franc was
created along with the CFP franc, the currency used in the French
overseas collectivities. The reason for their creation was the
weakness of the French franc immediately after World War II. When
France ratified the Bretton Woods Agreement in December 1945, the
French franc was devalued in order to set a fixed exchange rate with
the US dollar. New currencies were created in the French colonies to
spare them the strong devaluation, thereby facilitating exports to
1946 Dec 26, The Las Vegas
Flamingo Casino opened. Billy Wilkerson designed the Flamingo and
sold a controlling interest to Bugsy Siegel when his money ran out.
It was the 3rd hotel casino built on the Las Vegas strip.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T8)
1947 Dec 26, Heavy snow
blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of
snow in 16 hours. A record 26.4 inches fell and led to 77 deaths.
(AP, 12/26/97)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.28)
1948 Dec 26, Hungarian Cardinal
Mindszenty was arrested.
1950 Dec 26, Emile Enthoven
(47), composer, died.
1953 Dec 26, The U.S. announced
the withdrawal of two divisions from Korea.
1954 Dec 26, "The Shadow,"
aired for last time on radio.
1957 Dec 26, The Ingmar Bergman
film "Wild Strawberries," starring Victor Sjostrom, opened in
1960 Dec 26, Musical "Do Re Mi"
with Phil Silvers premiered in NYC.
1962 Dec 26, Eight East
Berliners escaped to West Berlin, crashing through gates in an armor
1963 Dec 26, Beatles released
"I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
1963 Dec 26, "Gorgeous George"
Wagner, perfumed and pampered wrestler, died.
1965 Dec 26, "Funny Girl" with
Barbra Streisand closed on Broadway.
1966 Dec 26, Dr. Maulana “Ron"
Karenga celebrated the first Kwanzaa, a seven day African American
celebration of family and heritage. Dr. Karenga established Kwanzaa
(“first fruits of the season" in Swahili), the African American
celebration of unity and community values over the Christmas to New
Year season. The 7 principles of Kwanzaa include: Umoja - Unity;
Kujichagulia - Self-determination; Ujima - Collective work and
responsibility; Ujamaa - Cooperative economics; Nia - Purpose;
Kuumba - Creativity; and Imani - Faith. The holiday runs for 7 days
from Dec 26 to Jan 1.
(SFC, 12/27/96, p.C17)(SFC, 12/26/97, p.A30) (HN,
1967 Dec 26, BBC-1 television
aired "Magical Mystery Tour," the Beatles' critically drubbed
1967 Dec 26, Atlantic Richfield
oil workers struck oil on Alaska’s North Slope at Prudhoe Bay.
(AH, 10/04, p.42)
1968 Dec 26, Jay Allen's "Forty
Carats," premiered in NYC. It was adapted from the French original
by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy. The 1973 film adaptation
starred Liv Ullman.
1968 Dec 26, Usher Fellig
(Weegee), Ukraine-born (1899) American photographer, died. He worked
in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer
during the 1930s and '40s, and developed his signature style by
following the city's emergency services and documenting their
1968 Dec 26, A Palestinian
terrorist attack in Athens on an Israeli civilian airliner killed
one person. Mahmoud Mohammad (25) and Maher Suleiman (19) were later
captured by Greek officials, In 1970, a Greek court convicted
Mahmoud Mohammad for his role in the attack. In 1987 Mahmoud
Mohammed Issa Mohammed entered Canada, where he was ordered to be
deported in 1988. In 2007 he was still in Canada after some 30
appeals and reviews.
1968 Dec 26, Jose Maria Sison
founded the underground Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
The armed wing of the Maoist group, the New People’s Army (NPA),
began waging guerrilla warfare in 1969.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A6)(AP, 12/26/10)(Econ, 8/27/16,
1972 Dec 26, The 33rd president
of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo. In
1995 Robert H. Ferrell published the biography "Harry S. Truman: A
Life." In 1999 Ferrell published "Truman and Pendergrast."
(AP, 12/26/97)(WSJ, 7/19/99, p.A13)
1972 Dec 26, In Vietnam the
bombing over Hanoi resumed after one day of respite and bombs hit a
residential street killing 283 civilians. North Vietnam agreed to
resume peace negotiations within five days of the end of bombing.
1973 Dec 26, "The Exorcist,"
starring Linda Blair, premiered with an X rating.
1974 Dec 26, Comedian Jack
Benny (b.1894) died in Los Angeles at age 80.
1975 Dec 26, The Soviet Union
inaugurated the world's first supersonic transport service with a
flight of its Tupolev-144 airliner from Moscow to Alma-Ata.
1978 Dec 26, In San Jose, Ca.,
Nolan K. Bushnell, inventor of the Pong video game, opened the
20,000-sq.-foot Pizza Time Theater, the world's largest pizza
(SFC, 12/26/03, p.E2)
1979 Dec 26, Robert Ben Madison
(14) founded the virtual Kingdom of Talossa in his Milwaukee, Wisc.,
bedroom and migrated it to the Internet in 1996.
1980 Dec 26, Iranian television
footage was broadcast in the United States, showing a dozen of the
American hostages sending messages to their families.
1980 Dec 26, Tony Smith
(b.1912), sculptor, died. His work, "Ten Elements," is in the
courtyard of the San Francisco Legion Of Honor Museum. He began his
career as an architect and ended up as a founding figure of
minimalism. His 3 daughters included artist Kiki Smith.
(SFC, 1/8/97, p.B1)(SFC, 11/19/05,
1982 Dec 26, TIME magazine’s
Man of the Year, in the issue dated January 4, 1983, was a computer.
1985 Dec 26, Dian Fossey (53),
American zoologist who had studied gorillas in the wild (Gorillas in
the Mist), was murdered in Rwanda. Her body was found the next day.
Wayne Richard McGuire, a doctoral candidate working with Fossey, was
later found guilty in absentia in Rwanda. A native tracker was also
charged and died in jail. McGuire claimed total innocence.
(AP, 12/27/01)(SFC, 3/15/05, p.A7)
1987 Dec 26, A bomb exploded at
a USO bar in Barcelona, Spain, killing one U.S. sailor and injuring
nine others; a little-known group called the Red Army of Catalonian
Liberation claimed responsibility.
1988 Dec 26, Another body from
the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was found, bringing the confirmed
death toll to 240.
1988 Dec 26, An anti African
student rebellion took place in China.
1989 Dec 26, Romanian
television broadcast videotape of ousted President Nicolae Ceausescu
and his wife, Elena, at their secret trial and footage of
Ceausescu's body after his execution. That same day, a provisional
government took control of Romania.
1990 Dec 26, The US government
reported that its 1990 census had counted a total 249 million,
632,692 people. The US census for this year categorized the
population as "White, Negro or Black, American Indian (tribe can be
listed), Eskimo, Aleut, Asian or Pacific Islander, and other.
Specific Asian nationalities could be checked off." The census
counted over 1.6 million Chinese Americans with 40% of them in
(SFC, 12/26/97, p.A21)(SFEC, 2/6/00, Rp.10)(AP,
1990 Dec 26, Garry Kasparov
beat Anatoly Karpov to retain chess championship.
1990 Dec 26, Nancy Cruzan, the
young woman in an irreversible vegetative state whose case led to a
US Supreme Court decision on the right to die, died at a Missouri
1990 Dec 26, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev nominated Gennady I. Yanayev to be the Soviet
Union’s first vice president. Yanayev helped lead an abortive coup
against Gorbachev in August 1991.
1991 Dec 26, President Bush
nominated businesswoman Barbara Franklin to be commerce secretary.
1991 Dec 26, On Wall Street,
the Dow Jones industrial average rose to a then-record high of
1991 Dec 26, Jack Ruby's gun
sold for $220,000 in auction.
1991 Dec 26, Sikh separatists
killed about 50 train passengers in Punjab, most of them Hindus.
1992 Dec 26, Time magazine
announced it had chosen President-elect Bill Clinton its 1992 "Man
of the Year."
1992 Dec 26, Milan Panic
conceded defeat to Slobodan Milosevic almost a week after
Yugoslavia's presidential election.
1993 Dec 26, In Russia a 4-day
drama ended as four masked kidnappers, who had abducted 11
teen-agers, landed their explosives-packed helicopter, freed their
last hostages and fled with $10 million in ransom. The four men were
captured the next morning.
1994 Dec 26, French commandos
stormed a hijacked Air France jetliner on the ground in Marseilles,
killing four Algerian hijackers and freeing 170 hostages. The Air
France plane was hijacked by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria Dec
(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A10)(AP, 12/26/99)
1995 Dec 26, Israel turned
dozens of West Bank villages over to the Palestinian Authority in a
smooth transfer of power.
1995 Dec 26, Floods in eastern
South Africa killed at least 130.
(WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)
1995 Dec 26, Heavy snow covered
much of Northern Europe and Japan.
(WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)
1996 Dec 26, In Boulder,
Colorado, 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled
in the basement of her family home 8 hours after the mother
discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000. To date, the slaying
(SFC, 5/10/97, p.A3)(AP, 12/26/97)
1996 Dec 26, In Algiers a car
bomb exploded in a crowded suburb. At least 10 were killed and 86
(SFC, 12/27/96, p.B3)
1996 Dec 26, In Belarus a
$3.5-4 billion nuclear power plant was planned to be built over the
next 3 years.
(WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A4)
1996 Dec 26, In Burma two bombs
exploded in Rangoon during an exhibit of a tooth believed to have
belonged to Buddha. The military regime blamed student and ethnic
Karen insurgents based in eastern Burma. Five people were killed.
(WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 26, In Indonesia
Muslims rioted in Tasikmalaya in western Java after police tortured
3 Muslim teachers accused of assaulting a policeman’s son.
(WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 26, In Israel a top
army official said that the focus of military training in 1997 will
be to prepare for a possible war with Syria.
(WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 26, In Japan former
Prime Minister Tsutoma Hata took 12 members of the opposition party
Shinshinto (New Frontier Party) with him to form the new Sun Party.
(SFC, 12/27/96, p.B3)
1996 Dec 26, Honda Motor Co.
announced the first human-shaped robot that can move independently
and do basic tasks. It stood 6 feet and weighed 462 lbs. and took 10
years of engineering.
(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B10)
1996 Dec 26, In Mexico the
Dept. of Commerce announced a 15% price hike in the cost of
tortillas and pasteurized milk.
(SFC, 12/27/96, p.B3)
1996 Dec 26, In Serbia riot
police cleared tens of thousands off the streets of central Belgrade
but allowed a smaller protest of 15,000 at the pedestrian Square of
the Republic. Patriarch Pavle, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church,
said the street violence of the previous day was caused by the
authorities. Montenegro threatened to print its own money to counter
the inflated dinars of the Milosevic regime.
(SFC, 12/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 26, In South Korea
tens of thousands of workers went on strike to protest a new labor
bill that gave employers the right to lay off workers and allowed
flexible working hours. A spy bill also passed to crack down on
(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B9)
1997 Dec 26, It was reported
that the US Centers for Disease Control had begun work on a “Bird
Flu" vaccine in response to the 9 confirmed cases and 4 deaths in
(SFC, 12/26/97, p.D1)
1997 Dec 26, From Texas it was
reported that the Emu market had collapsed and that the 100-pound
birds were roaming the countryside and being slaughtered by
(SFC, 12/26/97, p.A4)
1997 Dec 26, In Japan Ichiro
Ozawa, leader of the opposition Shinshinto, New Freedom Party,
announced that the party would be disbanded.
(SFC, 12/27/97, p.A12)
1997 Dec 26, In Mexico sixteen
Maya Indians were charged with first-degree murder in the Dec 22
massacre in Acteal.
(SFC, 12/27/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 26, In Peru police
reported that a Peruvian family hacked 2 Japanese students to death.
The students had rowed on the Amazon for hundreds of miles with
plans to reach Manaus.
(SFC, 12/27/97, p.A13)
1997 Dec 26, Badly battered
South Korean financial markets surged after the International
Monetary Fund and the Group of Seven countries agreed on $10 billion
emergency loans to Seoul. The South Korean won closed up at 1,498 to
the US dollar compared with 1,836 on Wednesday.
(SFC, 12/27/97, p.D1)(AP, 12/26/98)
1998 Dec 26, President Clinton,
in his weekly radio address, urged Congress to lower the
blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving nationwide to 0.08 percent
to conform with 17 states and the District of Columbia. The other 33
states have 0.10.
1998 Dec 26, In Angola a
transport plane with 14 people aboard crashed near Vila Nova, an
area of continued fighting. 8 of the passengers were members of a UN
Observer Mission. UNITA rebels reportedly held some of the
survivors. A rescue team reached the site Jan 8 and there were no
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A22)(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A8)(SFC,
1/2/99, p.A9)(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A10)
1998 Dec 26, In Cambodia 2
aides of the late Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, emerged from
the jungle and expressed in writing their desire to become ordinary
citizens and allegiance to the government. Prime Minister Hun Sen
welcomed them and spoke against a trial and reopening old wounds.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A22)(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A8)
1998 Dec 26, Iraq fired on
Western aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone and said it
would shoot at all military aircraft patrolling no-fly zones.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 26, In Sierra Leone
residents in Freetown burned alive 2 suspected rebel spies. The
rebel United Front reported that it had killed 60 Nigerian soldiers
of ECOMOG. Defenses in Freetown were bolstered by Kamajor militia.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A23)
1999 Dec 26, The crew of space
shuttle “Discovery" packed up its tools and prepared to return home
after an eight-day mission of repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope
that NASA declared a success.
1999 Dec 26, Time Magazine
named Albert Einstein (d.1955) as the Person of the Century.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.C2)
1999 Dec 26, Curtis Mayfield,
soul singer and songwriter, died at age 57 in Roswell, Georgia. His
songs included "People Get Ready," "Superfly" (1972), Gypsy Woman,"
and "It's All Right."
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.C4)
1999 Dec 26, In Angola
government forces with help from Namibian troops captured Jamba and
took control of the southern border with Namibia.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A13)
1999 Dec 26, In China 4 alleged
ringleaders of the Falun Gong were convicted and sentenced for 7-18
years for stealing "state secrets," organizing a cult to disrupt law
and order, and causing deaths.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Dec 26, In Europe heavy
winds and rain killed 88 people in France, 17 dead in Germany and 13
dead in Switzerland. A 2nd storm hit a day later. Damages from the
storms were later estimated to be at least $4 billion. The storms
destroyed an estimated 400 million trees across France.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 12/27/99, p.A1)(SFC,
12/28/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A11)(SFC, 1/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/25/09)
1999 Dec 26, Alfonso Portillo,
a populist lawyer, scored a resounding victory in Guatemala’s first
peacetime presidential elections in nearly 40 years.
1999 Dec 26, In Indonesia
Frenchman Michael Blanc was arrested with 3.8 kg (8.4 pounds) of
hash hidden in diving canisters. Blanc maintained his innocence,
insisting that he was given the diving canisters to transport by a
friend. In 2000 he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. On
Jan 20, 2014 he was freed on parole.
1999 Dec 26, In Iran members of
the opposition Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) crossed from Iraq and
attacked Republican Guard barracks in Khuzestan.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A13)
1999 Dec 26, In the Ivory Coast
Pres. Henri Konan Bedie fled with his family to Lome, Togo,
following the military coup.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A13)
2000 Dec 26, Pres. Clinton
signed a ban on cutting shark fins and discarding the fish back to
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A6)
2000 Dec 26, Donna Shalala, US
Sec. of Health and Human Services, blocked a GOP sponsored drug
reimportation plan intended to reduce drug prices.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 26, Michael McDermott,
a software tester at Edgewater Tech. In Wakefield, Mass., shot and
killed 7 co-workers. He wielded a semiautomatic rifle and a shotgun.
He was beset by both financial and personal problems. McDermott,
convicted in 2002, was sent to prison for life.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/26/01)(SFC, 4/25/02,
2000 Dec 26, Jason Robards
(78), stage and film actor and winner of 2 Oscars and 1 Tony Award,
died in Bridgeport, Conn.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/26/01)
2000 Dec 26, The Muslim holiday
of Ramadan ended.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A16)
2000 Dec 26, In Montenegro 3
military commanders were dismissed by the Yugoslav top defense body
as a concession to Pres. Djukanovic.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A16)
2000 Dec 26, In Nepal rioting
began and 4 people were killed following a rumor that Hrithnik
Roshan, an Indian film star, allegedly spoke of his hate for Nepal
and its people. Roshan denied making such comments.
(SFC, 12/28/00, p.C2)
2000 Dec 26, In Serbia power
shortages due to the summer drought caused cuts across the country.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A16)
2000 Dec 26, In Thailand an
anti-corruption body ruled that Thaksin Shinawatra, the leading
candidate for prime minister, engaged in financial wrongdoings that
disqualified him from holding office.
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A15)
2001 Dec 26, The Al Jazeera
Arab network broadcast a new video-taped statement from Osama bin
Laden that appeared to have been made in late Nov or early Dec. “Our
terrorism is benign." The al-Qaida leader condemned the United
States as a nation that committed crimes against millions of
(SFC, 12/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 12/25/02)
2001 Dec 26, Argentina planned
a new currency, the argentino, to circulate along with the peso and
(SFC, 12/27/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 26, In Brazil rescue
workers searched for victims of earth slides and flooding that
killed at least 49 people in Rio de Janeiro state.
(SFC, 12/27/01, p.A5)
2001 Dec 26, Actor Sir Nigel
Hawthorne (72) died in Hertfordshire, England.
2001 Dec 26, In France some 550
Iraqi Kurds, Afghans, Iranians and other refugees from the Sangatte
Red Cross center near the 33-mile Channel Tunnel attempted to reach
asylum in Britain. All were captured by French police.
(SFC, 12/27/01, p.A4)(AP, 12/25/02)
2001 Dec 26, India deployed
missile batteries and increased jet fighter patrols along its border
(SFC, 12/27/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 26, Israeli troops
shot dead 1 Palestinian, Walid Saadi (50), in Jenin while in pursuit
of gunmen. Some border restrictions were eased.
(SFC, 12/27/01, p.A4)
2002 Dec 26, Brigitte
Boisselier, a chemist and head of Clonaid, said the world's first
human clone, a 7-pound baby girl, was born by Caesarean section. She
was associated with the Raelian religion, founded by Claude Vorilhon
in 1973. The claim was subsequently dismissed by scientists for lack
(AP, 12/27/02)(Reuters, 12/27/02)(SFC, 12/28/02,
2002 Dec 26, The Int'l. Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) said North Korea had moved 1,000 fresh fuel
rods to a nuclear reactor that produces plutonium used in nuclear
2002 Dec 26, In Curtiba,
Brazil, a C-95 Bandeirante air force plane crashed during an
emergency landing, killing two people and injuring the other 14
2002 Dec 26, Israeli soldiers
hunting militiamen in the West Bank killed 9 Palestinians in
separate clashes across the West Bank and Gaza.
(AP, 12/26/02)(SFC, 12/27/02, p.A12)
2002 Dec 26, In the southern
Philippines suspected Muslim rebels killed 12 workers as they rode
in a truck to a Canadian-owned mine. Extortion was suspected.
(WSJ, 12/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 26, In Trinidad police
reported that 4 people were slain over the Christmas holidays,
bringing the number of killings to a record 164 this year.
2003 Dec 26, An avalanche in
Provo Canyon, Utah, left 3 snowboarders dead.
(SFC, 12/27/03, p.A5)
2003 Dec 26, In northern China
a fire raced through coal mine in Wu'an, a city in Hebei province,
killing 26 miners.
2003 Dec 26, A 6.6 earthquake
devastated the southeastern Iranian city of Bam, 630 miles southeast
of the capital Tehran. It leveled more than half the city's houses
and its historic mud-brick fortress. Some 31,000 people were killed
and over 10,000 injured. Iran appealed for international help and
promised to waive visas for foreign relief workers.
(AP, 12/27/03)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A3)(AP,
1/2/04)(AP, 12/26/04)(AFP, 8/12/12)
2003 Dec 26, In Iraq an
American soldier died in a rebel ambush and two others were killed
in bomb explosions.
2003 Dec 26, Hamas, the Islamic
group responsible for most suicide bombings in three years of
violence, called off attacks inside Israel. In response, Israel will
hold off targeting Hamas leaders but will still go after other
2003 Dec 26, Kelvin Stark, a
new Zealand pilot, was killed while flying a new PAC 750XL airplane
to California. The 17-passenger plane was billed as the 1st
passenger aircraft built in New Zealand and was specially designed
(SFC, 12/27/03, p.A15)
2004 Dec 26, The world's most
powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that
slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and
southeast Asia. The initial estimated death toll of 9,000 soon rose
to some 230,000 people in 14 countries. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake
was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2
temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964. The epicenter was
located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh
province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian
Ocean. In Indonesia at least 166,320 people were killed.
Bangladesh reported 2 killed; India: at least
9,691 deaths: thousands were missing and possibly dead in India's
remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia: At least 101,318
people were killed on Sumatra island and small islands off its
coast. Kenya reported 1 killed. Malaysia: At least 68 people,
including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were dead. Myanmar:
At least 90 people were killed. Sri Lanka: At least 30,680 were
killed in government and rebel controlled areas. The Maldives, an
archipelago of 1,190 low-lying coral islands and a tiny population
of 280,000, at least 82 people were killed and missing. At least 42
islands were flattened in the low-lying atoll nation. Somalia: At
least 298 were killed. Tanzania: At least 10 killed. Thailand: The
confirmed death toll for Thailand reached 5,322, but many suspected
Myanmar migrants were not counted. Some 230,000 people were killed
in a dozen countries.
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)(SSFC, 1/2/05,
p.A12)(AP, 1/7/05)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.41)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 11/12/13)
2004 Dec 26, Thousands of
Europeans died in the Asian tsunami disaster. The dead included 543
(AP, 12/31/04)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.27)
2004 Dec 26, An unmanned cargo
ship docked at the international space station, ending a shortage
that forced astronauts to ration supplies.
2004 Dec 26, Peyton Manning of
the Indianapolis Colts broke Dan Marino's single-season touchdown
pass record when he threw his 48th and 49th of the season against
San Diego. The Colts defeated San Diego in overtime, 34-31.
2004 Dec 26, Reggie White (43),
NFL defensive star, died in Huntersville, NC. White played 15
seasons with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina. He retired after
the 2000 season as the NFL's career sacks leader with 198. The mark
has since been passed by Bruce Smith.
2004 Dec 26, In eastern Algeria
a gas explosion killed 17 people and injured at least 40 others when
a residential block collapsed.
2004 Dec 26, In Brazil an angry
mob destroyed police stations and a courthouse in two Amazon towns
while trying to lynch murder suspects. One man was killed during the
rioting and 44 people were arrested.
2004 Dec 26, In eastern France
a gas explosion tore through a five-storey apartment building in
Mulhouse, killing 15 people and injuring another 14.
2004 Dec 26, India issued a
presidential decree to bring its patent laws into compliance with
commitments under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement.
2004 Dec 26, Masked gunmen
assassinated a high-ranking Iraqi police officer in southwestern
Baghdad and wounded his bodyguards.
2004 Dec 26, The Independent
reported that British PM Tony Blair has ordered the military to
prepare to deploy up to 3,000 soldiers to the conflict-torn Sudanese
region of Darfur.
2004 Dec 26, The Russian
unmanned cargo ship, Progress M-51, docked at the int’l. space
station with fresh supplies.
(SFC, 12/25/04, p.A5)
2004 Dec 26, A woman doused her
body with gasoline and set herself ablaze in a busy Istanbul square
to protest Turkey's maximum security prison system.
2004 Dec 26, Ukraine re-ran its
2004 Dec 26, Uzbekistan held
elections and all opposition groups were barred from running for
office. Europe's top election watchdog criticized the parliamentary
2005 Dec 26, "Monday Night
Football" ended an unprecedented 36-year run on ABC TV with a
lackluster game, a 31-to-21 New England Patriots victory over the
New York Jets. The series switched to ESPN the following season.
2005 Dec 26, New Orleans Police
officers shot and killed a man brandishing a knife in a
confrontation that was partially videotaped by a bystander, setting
off another internal investigation of the embattled department.
2005 Dec 26, John Diebold (70),
a US consultant who preached computers to businesses, died.
(WSJ, 12/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 26, The US military
gave details of its planned troop reduction in Afghanistan, saying
the total number would shrink by some 2,500 from the current 19,000
under a routine troop rotation due very soon.
2005 Dec 26, Kerry Packer (68),
Australian media mogul, died in his Sydney home. He built his empire
on the Nine Network television station and the Australian
Consolidated Press magazine publishing business but in recent years
had concentrated his efforts more in the gaming industry.
(SFC, 12/27/05, p.B4)(Econ, 1/7/06, p.77)
2005 Dec 26, In Canada gunfire
erupted on a busy Toronto street filled with holiday shoppers,
killing a young woman (15) and wounding six other people. There have
been 78 murders in Toronto this year, including a record 52 by
gunfire, twice as many as last year. On June 13, 2006, 8 people were
arrested in connection with the shootings.
(AP, 12/27/05)(Reuters, 6/13/06)
2005 Dec 26, News reports said
China has closed 2,411 coal mines for safety violations, and will
start requiring mines to post safety bonds. 12,990 mines were
ordered to suspend operations for safety inspections.
2005 Dec 26, Maxima Perez (33),
a woman in the Dominican Republic, gave birth to the first
sextuplets ever recorded in this Caribbean country.
2005 Dec 26, The EU announced a
166 million euros ($196.9 million) aid package for 10 African
countries. The aid will go to Sudan, the Democratic Republic of
Congo, Burundi, Chad, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, the Ivory Coast,
Madagascar and Comoros.
2005 Dec 26, India freed eight
Pakistani prisoners as part of peace efforts between the South Asia
rivals, while the two governments scheduled new talks to resolve
their long-standing dispute over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
2005 Dec 26, Gunmen shot and
killed 5 police officers at a checkpoint north of Baghdad. 6 vehicle
bombs exploded in Baghdad, leaving another 5 people dead and over 40
wounded. At least two dozen people including a US soldier were
killed in shootings and bombings mostly targeting the
Shiite-dominated security services.
2005 Dec 26, Two US pilots were
killed after their Apache collided in mid-air with another
helicopter just west of Baghdad.
2005 Dec 26, Israel said it
will build more than 200 new homes in Jewish West Bank settlements,
a blow to peace efforts despite word that Ariel Sharon's new party
plans a major push for Palestinian statehood if it wins upcoming
2005 Dec 26, Japan's benchmark
stock index topped 16,000 points, reaching its highest level since
October 2000. The dollar rose slightly against the yen and euro.
2005 Dec 26, Character actor
Vincent Schiavelli (57), who appeared in scores of movies, including
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Ghost," died at his home in
2005 Dec 26, In southeastern
Venezuela an accidental fireworks explosion touched off a blaze that
raced through a busy strip mall, killing at least 12 people and
injuring five others.
2006 Dec 26, Gerald R. Ford
(b.1913), former Michigan Congressman and US President (1973-1976),
died. He had declared "Our long national nightmare is over" as he
replaced Richard Nixon, but may have doomed his own chances of
election by pardoning his disgraced predecessor.
2006 Dec 26, A 21,000 gallon
oil spill off the Texas coast resulted when a ship anchor hit an oil
(WSJ, 12/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 26, It was reported
that a large study in Britain had found that taking such popular
heartburn drugs as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec for a year or more
can raise the risk of a broken hip markedly in people over 50.
2006 Dec 26, Talks between
Belarus and the Russian state gas monopoly on Russia's demand for a
price increase brought no resolution and a top company official said
Belarus could face a New Year's gas cutoff. Gazprom said it failed
to gain assent to double gas prices, but added that any cutoff would
no affect EU nations.
(AP, 12/26/06)(WSJ, 12/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 26, Countryside
campaigners said more than 300,000 people took part in traditional
Boxing Day (December 26) fox hunts across Britain, claiming it
proved a ban on hunting with dogs was not working.
2006 Dec 26, Canada deported a
man who posed as a Canadian for years, describing him as a Russian
spy who used a fake birth certificate to create a false identity and
accumulate three Canadian passports. The man, who acquired passports
in the name of Paul William Hampel, left Canada for Russia.
2006 Dec 26, Chinese and
Japanese history scholars met for the first in a series of
government-mandated study groups aimed at smoothing over differences
between the Asian powers on historical issues.
2006 Dec 26, An Iraqi appeals
court has upheld the death sentence imposed on Saddam Hussein at his
first trial, and a tribunal official said the verdict will be
carried out within 30 days even if the presidency doesn't ratify it.
Over 100 Iraqis died in attacks and bombings, including a
coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad. 3 US service
members were killed in roadside bombings northwest of Baghdad.
Another US soldier was killed south of Baghdad.
(AP, 12/27/06)(SFC, 12/27/06, p.A3)(WSJ,
2006 Dec 26, Ayham al-Samaraie,
a former minister of electricity with dual US and Iraqi citizenship,
arrived in Jordan on a US plane. Al-Samaraie, who escaped from a
Baghdad prison this month, was serving time for corruption when he
2006 Dec 26, In Nigeria a
ruptured gasoline pipeline burst into flames as scavengers collected
the fuel in Lagos, killing 269 people. Witnesses said thieves had
broken into the pipeline after midnight and hundreds of men, women
and children had been collecting leaking fuel in plastic buckets,
cans and bags for hours before the explosion. 2 different armed
groups lifted sieges of two oilfield stations, releasing more than
20 local workers. Shell resumed production at its Nun River
facility. 4 oil workers were still being held hostage by a different
armed group after an attack on Agip's Brass River export terminal on
(AP, 12/26/06)(AP, 12/27/06)(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 26, Pakistan said it
will plant land mines and build a fence on parts of its long, rugged
frontier with Afghanistan to meet criticism it does too little to
stop Taliban and al-Qaida guerrillas from crossing the border.
2006 Dec 26, Islamic fighters
retreated as Somali government and Ethiopian troops advanced on
three fronts in a decisive turn in the battle for control of this
Horn of Africa nation. Ethiopia’s PM Meles Zenawi said up to 1,000
of the religious movement's fighters had been killed.
(AP, 12/26/06)(WSJ, 12/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 26, The Saudi
government said it had released 18 men who were detained after
returning to their homeland from the US military prison in
2006 Dec 26, President Omar
al-Bashir said in the letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that
Sudan is ready to immediately implement two recent agreements
endorsing a three-step UN plan to strengthen the beleaguered
7,000-strong African Union force in Darfur.
2006 Dec 26, Turkmenistan's top
legislative body rewrote the country's constitution to allow the
country's acting president, in power for less than a week, to
succeed its late leader.
2006 Dec 26, The Vatican called
on retired Bishop Fernando Lugo to give up his plans to run for
Paraguay's presidency or face canonical sanctions. Lugo said he had
already resigned from the priesthood to lead a planned opposition
alliance and challenge conservative President Nicanor Duarte of the
Colorado Party in elections scheduled for May 2008.
2007 Dec 26, Pres. Bush signed
a $555 billion domestic spending bill and took a swipe at Congress
for including pet projects totaling nearly $10 billion.
(SFC, 12/27/07, p.A3)
2007 Dec 26, The US Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission said that employers could reduce
of eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and
become eligible for Medicare.
(SFC, 12/27/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 26, It was reported
that Warren Buffet had agreed to pay $4.5 billion to buy a majority
of Marmon Holdings, an industrial conglomerate, from the Chicago’s
Pritzker family. Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway planned to buy the rest
of the company by 2014.
(WSJ, 12/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Dec 26, Online auction
giant eBay said it has launched a microlending website,
www.microplace.com, that lets people invest in entrepreneurs in poor
communities around the world and get a return on their money.
2007 Dec 26, A roadside bomb
targeting a police patrol exploded east of Algeria's capital,
killing two officers and injuring two others. The attack came as
authorities rounded up 11 suspected members of two suspected support
networks for armed Islamic militant groups in recent days.
2007 Dec 26, Britain’s Daily
Telegraph newspaper reported that British intelligence agents held
secret talks with Taliban leaders on several occasions this year.
Earlier this month, British PM Gordon Brown ruled out direct talks
with Taliban insurgents, telling the House of Commons: "I make it
clear that we will not enter into any negotiations with these
2007 Dec 26, A Chadian court
convicted six French aid workers of trying to kidnap 103 African
children and sentenced them to eight years of forced labor. The
French Foreign Ministry in Paris said it would ask Chadian
authorities to transfer the six convicted to France. The countries
have a bilateral judicial agreement that could allow for such a
2007 Dec 26, Georgia's top
television station suspended its broadcasts, saying it was
protesting the pressure authorities have exerted because of the
station's links to a billionaire presidential contender challenging
2007 Dec 26, In western
Indonesia rescuers dug for survivors after landslides and floods
triggered by days of torrential rain killed over 87 people.
(AP, 12/26/07)(AP, 12/27/07)
2007 Dec 26, Iran's defense
minister said that Iran had agreed to buy an S-300 surface-to-air
missile system from Russia.
2007 Dec 26, Iran and Malaysia
signed a $16 billion agreement to develop two Iranian gas fields, in
a deal described as the largest energy contract in Iran.
2007 Dec 26, In Iraq a bomb
explosion in the northern province of Ninevah killed three children
and wounded another two. An Iraqi soldier allegedly shot dead two
American troops while they were patrolling together north of the
capital. Three other US soldiers and a civilian interpreter were
wounded in the attack. An initial investigation indicated that the
Iraqi soldier was linked to local militant groups.
(AP, 12/26/07)(AP, 1/5/08)
2007 Dec 26, Joe Dolan (68),
one of Ireland's first pop music stars, died from a brain
hemorrhage. He had entertained audiences for decades with
Vegas-style showmanship. His last Irish No. 1 came in 1997, when he
re-recorded "Good-Looking Woman" with a popular fictional TV
comedian, a puppet named Dustin the Turkey.
2007 Dec 26, Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak visited Egypt to discuss Israeli allegations
that Egypt was doing too little to prevent arms smuggling to the
Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Egypt rejected Israeli
complaints about weapons smuggling into Gaza.
2007 Dec 26, A ruptured
gasoline pipeline exploded in flames, killing at least 34 people
near Nigeria's main city of Lagos as they tried to scoop fuel from
the gushing leak.
2007 Dec 26, Pakistan's Pres.
Pervez Musharraf and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai vowed to boost
intelligence cooperation to meet the menace of terrorism that was
destroying both countries.
2007 Dec 26, An unmanned
Russian cargo ship carrying 2 tons of supplies including holiday
gifts, docked at the international space station.
2007 Dec 26, Serbia's
parliament overwhelmingly adopted a resolution that threatens to
halt the country's integration into the European Union and cut off
diplomatic ties with Western countries if they recognize Kosovo's
2007 Dec 26, South Korea's
cabinet approved a bill setting up a fraud inquiry into
president-elect Lee Myung-Bak, one week after the conservative
opposition candidate won a landslide election victory.
2007 Dec 26, In northern Sri
Lanka a wave of infantry attacks killed at least 66 rebels and 14
2007 Dec 26, Turkish warplanes
hit eight suspected Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq, the
third cross-border air assault in 10 days.
2008 Dec 26, In Hawaii a power
failure during a thunderstorm blacked out Oahu’s population of about
900,000 people and thousands of tourists including vacationing
President-elect Barack Obama.
2008 Dec 26, In Philadelphia a
duplex fire apparently caused by fuel spilling from an overfilled
kerosene heater killed seven people, including 3 kids, in a basement
that had only one exit.
2008 Dec 26, In southern
Afghanistan a Canadian soldier was killed and three others wounded
in a bomb blast. 2 suicide car bombs took place in western
Afghanistan, but only the attackers were killed in the blasts. 3
foreigners were wounded in an attack in Herat.
2008 Dec 26, Azerbaijan's
parliament voted to hold a referendum next year on constitutional
changes that could allow incumbent President Ilham Aliyev to stay in
power when his current mandate runs out.
2008 Dec 26, Brazilian police
detained Regivaldo Galvao, a rancher suspected in the 2005 slaying
of rain forest activist Dorothy Stang (73), for allegedly illegally
acquiring titles to land the US nun died trying to defend.
2008 Dec 26, Chinese warships,
armed with special forces, guided missiles and helicopters, set sail
for anti-piracy duty off Somalia, the first time the communist
nation has sent ships on a mission that could involve fighting so
far beyond its territorial waters.
2008 Dec 26, China’s state
media reported that nearly 5,000 higher-level Chinese government
officials were punished for corruption over the past year.
2008 Dec 26, China National
Offshore Oil Corp., the country's largest offshore oil and gas
producer, signed four oil cooperation agreements with Taiwan's CPC
2008 Dec 26, A Chinese man and
two Lebanese nationals were shot dead in a crime wave in
southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo that also left 10
Congolese dead this week. The mayor of Lubumbashi, Marie-Gregoire
Tambila, said that 11 people had been killed in the last four days
in her city, including a Lebanese national who was killed on
Christmas day. In eastern Congo attackers, identified as members of
the Lord’s Resistance Army, killed some 100 people at a church in
Doruma. The UN said rebels had killed 189 people over 2 days.
(AFP, 12/26/08)(SFC, 12/30/08, p.A10)
2008 Dec 26, Three suspected
al-Qaida in Iraq insurgents broke out of jail during a riot that
killed six police officers and seven prisoners in the western city
(AP, 12/26/08)(SFC, 12/27/08, p.A5)
2008 Dec 26, Israel reopened
its border with Gaza to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid,
despite continued rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip and
growing expectations of a large-scale Israeli military campaign
against Palestinian militants. A rocket fired by Palestinian
militants fell short and killed 2 schoolgirls in the northern Gaza
(AP, 12/26/08)(SFC, 12/27/08, p.A5)
2008 Dec 26, In Mexico a gang
of about 20 men armed with assault rifles robbed a train in the
western state of Michoacan and carted off some of its freight. Dr.
Laura Avila. Avila was found dead in the rural health clinic she was
staffing in Jalisco state. Police soon arrested Ricardo Garcia
Barajas (25), a farm worker, who allegedly hacked the doctor to
death with a machete for refusing to treat his son.
(AP, 12/27/08)(AP, 1/2/09)
2008 Dec 26, Pakistan began
moving thousands of troops to the Indian border, sharply raising
tensions triggered by the Mumbai terror attacks.
2008 Dec 26, Russia's ruble
fell to a three-year low against the dollar after the Central Bank
allowed a third sharp drop in the currency in five days as the
government continues to feel the heat of the global meltdown.
2008 Dec 26, Serbia arrested 10
former Kosovo Albanian guerrilla fighters suspected of involvement
in killings and abductions in the former Serbian province of Kosovo
2008 Dec 26, Spain approved a
new provision that also allows anyone whose parents or grandparents
were born in Spain but went overseas because of their political
beliefs or economic hardship to become Spaniards.
2009 Dec 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a heavily armed Taliban commander was killed during a
pre-dawn shootout at a mosque in Wardak province. An ISAF service
member from the United States died following an IED strike in
southern Afghanistan. Two members of the Afghan National Police were
killed when militants attacked a checkpoint in western Afghanistan.
3 other policemen were missing following the attack in the Qadis
district of Badghis province.
(AP, 12/26/09)(AFP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 26, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales said that he plans to make it legal for
Bolivia's farmers to grow small parcels of coca plants.
2009 Dec 26, China unveiled
what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world, a train
connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average
speed of 350 km (217 miles) an hour.
2009 Dec 25, A Greek-owned
cargo ship, the Aegean Wind, caught fire off the coast of Venezuela.
9 crew members were killed and 5 injured. The ship was carrying iron
ore from Brazil to Houston when the fire broke out.
(SFC, 12/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 26, In India Andhra
Pradesh Gov. Narain Dutt Tiwari (86) resigned, a day after a
television news channel broadcast a tape allegedly showing him in
bed with three women.
2009 Dec 26, Iranian security
forces beat protesters in central Tehran, a sign of mounting
tensions ahead of planned opposition rallies to mark a religious
festival and the death of a dissident cleric a week ago.
2009 Dec 26, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed three Shiite pilgrims in eastern Baghdad, the latest
round of violence to strike worshippers during a revered mourning
observance. Another pilgrim was killed in southern Baghdad late in
the day when a bomb struck a procession.
(AP, 12/26/09)(AP, 12/27/09)
2009 Dec 26, Israeli soldiers
stormed homes in the West Bank, killing three Palestinians suspected
in the fatal shooting of an Israeli and testing an uneasy security
arrangement with Palestinian authorities.
2009 Dec 26, In Indian Kashmir
some 40 people were injured when police fired teargas and used
batons to break up banned religious processions by Shiite Muslims.
2009 Dec 26, In Lebanon 2
members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas were killed in an
explosion in a Beirut suburb that one report described as a bombing.
The attack was said to have involved three bombs tied to each other.
2009 Dec 26, In New Zealand
some 20 pilot whales died on Colville Beach after stranding but
holiday-makers and conservation workers managed to coax 43 others
back out to sea. Some 105 long-finned pilot whales, stranded on
South Island, died.
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 26, In Pakistan a
blast in Karachi destroyed a car and injured 19 people near a
procession of minority Shiite Muslims for the Islamic holy month of
Muharram. Investigators were checking if a gas cylinder accidentally
detonated or if a bomb went off. A suspected US missile strike
killed three people in North Waziristan. A local government official
said the Taliban had beheaded a tribal elder who fought against them
in the Bajur tribal region. The remains of Gul Mohammad (45) was
found in Mamund town near a road.
2009 Dec 26, In the Philippines
a roll-on, roll-off ferry, carrying at least 88 people and nine
cargo trucks, sank in the late evening off Verde Island. 6 people
were confirmed dead and at least 22 were missing.
2009 Dec 26, Berlin-based
Transparency International said nearly half a billion dollars in
tsunami aid for Sri Lanka is unaccounted for and over 600 million
dollars has been spent on projects unrelated to the Dec 26, 2004,
2010 Dec 26, Allstate Corp
filed suit against Bank of America Corp, its Countrywide lending
unit and 17 other defendants for allegedly misrepresenting the risks
on more than $700 million of mortgage securities it bought from
2010 Dec 26, In Arizona Gavin
MacFarlane (28) opened fire inside a Phoenix strip club killing 2
people and wounding 2 others.
(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Dec 26, In Massachusetts
police officer John McGuire was shot dead while investigating a
robbery in Woburn. Scott Hanwright (19) was charged for murder and
Kevin Dingwell (51) was charged with being an accessory after the
fact. A 3rd suspect, Dominic Cinelli (57) was fatally shot by
(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Dec 26, Geraldine Doyle
(86), a Michigan factory worker used as the unwitting model for the
wartime Rosie the Riveter poster, died. The term "Rosie the Riveter"
stems from a 1942 song honoring the women who took over critical
factory jobs when American men went off to war. The inspirational
"We Can Do It!" poster was not widely seen until the 1980s when it
was embraced by the feminist movement as a potent symbol of women's
2010 Dec 26, Teena Marie
(b.1956), Motown’s “Ivory Queen of soul" died. Her hits included
“Lovergirl," and “Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James.
2010 Dec 26, The Afghanistan
Defense Ministry said it will investigate missing US-donated
medicines and pharmaceutical supplies meant for its army and police.
"Numerous insurgents were killed" in two separate incidents in
Helmand and Kandahar during a NATO operation targeting suspect
vehicles. Several suspected insurgents were detained.
(AP, 12/26/10)(AP, 12/27/10)
2010 Dec 26, In Bolivia the
government under Evo Morales announced an end to subsidies on many
fuels. The measure involved a 73% increase in the price of petrol.
(Econ, 1/8/11, p.36)
2010 Dec 26, London’s
Underground drivers went on a 24-hour strike in a dispute over
holiday pay. Members of the Aslef trade union voted to walk out
after transport chiefs refused their demand for triple pay and a day
off for working on December 26, the day after Christmas being a
national holiday in Britain.
2010 Dec 26, In Dagestan eight
men were killed in a shoot-out with police after they barricaded
themselves in a house in the city of Makhachkala and refused to give
2010 Dec 26, In the Dominican
Rep. former President Salvador Jorge Blanco (84) died. He was
convicted of corruption in 1991 under a political antagonist's
administration but declared innocent in 2001 by an appeals court,
died. Blanco was president from 1982-1986.
2010 Dec 26, Egypt said it has
adopted a stimulus plan with the aim of injecting 10-20 billion
pounds ($1.72-3.44 billion) into the economy in the 2011 calendar
year. Gamal Mubarak, the son of Pres. Mubarak, said he will press
ahead with bold new economic reforms that will be "more ambitious
and more daring" than those that have come before, while still
vowing to protect the nation's poor from any fallout.
(Reuters, 12/26/10)(AP, 12/26/10)
2010 Dec 26, In southern Egypt
a tour bus slammed into a truck, killing eight Americans and
injuring 21 others in the latest fatal crash involving tourists.
2010 Dec 26, In Iran local
media reported that a death sentence has been imposed on a man
suspected of spying for Israel. A Tehran prosecutor confirmed that
economist Fariborz Raisdana has been arrested for trying to subvert
the recent subsidies plans in radio interviews.
(AP, 12/26/10)(SFC, 12/29/10, p.A3)
2010 Dec 26, Israel and
Palestinian militants traded threats amid fresh skirmishes along the
tense Gaza Strip border in which two Islamic Jihad fighters were
killed. Nine French activists were arrested during a pro-Palestinian
demonstration at a major Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank.
2010 Dec 26, In Ivory Coast
allies of Alassane Ouattara called for a general strike to last
until incumbent Pres. Laurent Gbagbo concedes defeat.
(SFC, 12/27/10, p.A4)
2010 Dec 26, In Malaysia 3
Singaporean tourists drowned and two others were missing after an
overloaded passenger boat capsized near Sibu island.
2010 Dec 26, In Nigeria clashes
left at least one person dead and a number of houses burned in the
city of Jos amid tensions following a series of Christmas Eve bomb
2010 Dec 26, In the Philippines
Communist rebels threatened more attacks despite looming peace talks
with the government, as they marked the insurgency's 42nd
anniversary by defiantly marching with their weapons in public view.
2010 Dec 26, In Russia several
thousand people rallied in Moscow to protest the ethnic clashes that
have rocked Russia, holding posters reading "Fascists disgrace
Russia" and chanting "No to Fascism!"
2010 Dec 26, In Russia icy rain
shut down Moscow's largest airport for nearly 15 hours, coated roads
with ice and left more than 300,000 people and 14 hospitals without
2010 Dec 26, Ukraine's security
service detained former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko, the latest
move in a crackdown on the previous government since Pres.
Yanukovich took power. The state prosecutor's office this month
charged Lutsenko with abuse of office, saying he had embezzled state
funds. He denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the charges as
2010 Dec 26, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez made his first use of new decree powers to
create a $2.3 billion fund for reconstruction after widespread
flooding that left more than 130,000 people homeless.
2011 Dec 26, In London
thousands of shoppers seeking post-Christmas bargains were delayed,
but not deterred, by a subway strike that shut down parts of the
network. Seydou Diarrassouba (18), was stabbed to death in front of
horrified shoppers during a fight between two groups of youths on
London's Oxford Street. 11 people were arrested the next day in
relation to the fatal stabbing. 3 more people were arrested on Dec
(AP, 12/26/11)(AFP, 12/28/11)(AFP, 12/31/11)
2011 Dec 26, Anuj Bidve (23),
an Indian student, was gunned down at point blank range as he walked
with friends near their hotel in Salford, England. A boy (17) was
soon arrested on suspicion of murder after a warrant was executed in
the Salford area. 4 more people, including 2 teens, were soon
arrested in relation to the murder. On Dec 2 Kiaran Stapleton (20),
accused of the shooting, identified himself in court as “Psycho
Stapleton." On July 26, 2012, Stapleton was convicted of murder. The
next day he was sentenced to life in prison.
(AFP, 12/27/11)(Reuters, 12/26/11)(AP,
12/28/11)(AFP, 12/29/11)(AFP, 1/2/12)(AFP, 7/27/12)
2011 Dec 26, A
British-registered ship, the M/S Thor Liberty, held in a Finnish
port after authorities discovered 69 surface-to-air missiles and 160
tons of explosives onboard, received permission to travel again, but
without those materials or its captain. The Patriot missiles were an
official shipment from Germany to South Korea. Finnish authorities
said the explosives were a legitimate shipment for China, but the
missiles lacked proper transit documents, and the explosives weren't
safely stored. On Jan 4 the Finnish government authorized the
(AP, 12/26/11)(AP, 1/4/12)
2011 Dec 26, China's biggest
milk producer, Mengniu Dairy Group, said it has destroyed a batch
found to have excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin, in another
safety scare for the country's dairy industry. The problem was
reportedly discovered before the milk containing high levels of
aflatoxin was sold to the public. An expert review identified the
mildewed feed as the cause of the excessive levels of aflatoxin in
(AP, 12/26/11)(AP, 12/27/11)
2011 Dec 26, In Colombia
officials in Medellin inaugurated a giant, $6.7 million outdoor
escalator for residents of one of its poorest neighborhoods. It
provided the 12,000 residents of Comuna 13 a free ride up and down
their steep hillside.
2011 Dec 26, In Grenada Oscar
Bartholomew (39) of Toronto, was beaten into a coma after he mistook
a plainclothes female police officer for a friend and lifted her for
a hug in front of a police station. Bartholomew was visiting family
on the island and died the next day. Officers Kenton Hazzard and
Wendell Sylvester were detained on Dec 29. On Jan 1, 2012, police
officers Edward Gibson, Shaun Ganness and Ruddy Felix were also
arrested and charged in the beating death.
2011 Dec 26, In Guinea-Bissau
soldiers demanding better pay attacked the headquarters of the armed
forces and fanned out across the streets of the small west African
state's capital as the country's president was undergoing treatment
2011 Dec 26, India's Tata
Motors offered to replace the starter motor on all old Nano models,
but said the move was not related to safety concerns surrounding the
world's cheapest car.
2011 Dec 26, An Iraqi Shiite
militia group said it would join the political process. The Asaib
Ahel al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, was behind the kidnap of a
British consultant and his four bodyguards, and has been blamed for
the killing of US troops. A suicide bomber set off a car bomb at a
checkpoint leading to the Iraqi Interior Ministry, killing seven
people and injuring 32 others. A roadside bomb hit a passing army
patrol in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, killing two soldiers
and injuring two others.
(AFP, 12/26/11)(AP, 12/26/11)
2011 Dec 26, Extra Israeli
police patrolled the streets of a small town near Jerusalem after a
campaign by ultra-Orthodox Jews to segregate men and women erupted
2011 Dec 26, In Ivory Coast 4
people were killed and 15 were injured in inter-ethnic clashes near
the economic capital Abidjan. The violence erupted when an Abidji
youth clashed with a soldier of the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast
(FRCI) and was killed in Sikensi.
2011 Dec 26, Kazakhstan's
President Nursultan Nazarbayev sacked his billionaire son-in-law,
Timur Kulibayev, from his post as head of the sovereign wealth fund.
(Econ, 12/31/11, p.26)
2011 Dec 26, Mexican medical
officials said five recovering drug addicts died and dozens of
others were sickened by soy sausage served for Christmas dinner at a
rehabilitation center in Guadalajara. 37 people remained
2011 Dec 26, In South Africa 19
people were killed when an overtaking car smashed head-on into a
minibus taxi in central Free State.
2011 Dec 26, In Syria intense
shelling by government forces was reported in the center of the
country, just hours before the Arab League monitoring teams were to
arrive. Security forces killed at least 42 people, most of them in
(AP, 12/26/11)(AP, 12/27/11)
2011 Dec 26, Yemen's military
agreed to replace Maj. Gen. Ali al-Shater, a commander accused of
corruption, apparently settling a brief strike by 1,000 soldiers.
Yemeni soldiers battled al-Qaida-linked militants outside the
southern city of Zinjibar, which remains partly under the control of
the Islamists. Five soldiers and four fighters were killed.
2012 Dec 26, Los Angeles police
traded gift cards for guns in a buyback program Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa announced as a crime-fighting response to the deadly
shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.
2012 Dec 26, The Chicago
Teachers Union sued the nation's third largest school district,
saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign to reform or close
underperforming public schools discriminates against
African-American teachers and staff.
2012 Dec 26, A winter storm hit
the northeastern US and led to at least 16 deaths.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded at the
gate of Camp Chapman, a major US military base, killing the attacker
and three Afghans. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack
in Khost province.
2012 Dec 26, Angry Central
African Republic protesters carrying clubs threw rocks at the French
Embassy, criticizing the former colonial power for failing to do
more to stem a rapid rebel advance as fears grew that the insurgents
aim to seize the capital.
2012 Dec 26, China opened the
world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 km (1,428
miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an
economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China.
2012 Dec 26, Egypt's Islamist
Pres. Morsi proclaimed the country's newly adopted constitution as
the dawning of a "new republic" in a television address, calling on
the opposition to join a dialogue with him after a month of violent
turmoil and focus on repairing a damaged economy.
2012 Dec 26, Thousands of Iraqi
demonstrators massed in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, determined
to keep up the pressure on a Shiite-led government that many accuse
of trying to marginalize them.
2012 Dec 26, Shinzo Abe, head
of the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), took office as
Japan's 7th prime minister in six years and vowed to overcome the
deep-rooted economic and diplomatic crises facing his country. Abe
unveiled a 19-member cabinet of radical nationalists.
(AP, 12/26/12)(Econ, 1/5/12, p.29)
2012 Dec 26, Myanmar Pres.
Thein Sein publicly criticized his government for rampant
corruption, bribery and inefficiency.
(SFC, 12/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 26, In Nigeria a
massive explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in
Lagos, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and
sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky. At least one
person died and 15 others were wounded.
2012 Dec 26, Angry Philippine
residents beat a man to death and threw rocks at firefighters after
a Christmas day shantytown fire in suburban San Juan city left
thousands of people homeless. The man was reportedly drunk and was
not responsible for the fire. The fire was reportedly started in a
house where children were playing with lighted candles.
2012 Dec 26, Russia’s upper
chamber of parliament unanimously voted in favor of a measure
banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to
President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.
2012 Dec 26, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said shelling in an agricultural area of Raqqa
province near the village of Qahtaniyeh killed 20, including eight
children. It said at least five rebels were killed in the fighting
that started after midnight and added that Syrian army warplanes
attacked rebel positions in the areas.
2012 Dec 26, In Tunisia
journalist Olfa Riahi posted receipts alleging that Foreign Minister
Rafik Abdessalam spent six nights at public expense, including one
accompanied by an unidentified woman, raising suspicions of
adultery. The minister has denied any wrongdoing and described the
woman as his cousin. Riahi followed up these allegations on Dec. 29
with documents showing that the Chinese government transferred a
million dollars directly into a Foreign Ministry account rather than
going via the Finance Ministry or public treasury as is the custom.
2013 Dec 26, In Louisiana Ben
Freeman (38), a nurse embroiled in a custody fight, attacked his
former in-laws, his onetime boss and his current wife leaving 3 dead
before killing himself.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 26, Bangladesh's
opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual
house arrest, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across
the country ahead of general elections next month.
2013 Dec 26, Brazilian
officials said at least 44 people have died and more than 60,000
have been left homeless following torrential rain in the southeast
over the past few weeks.
2013 Dec 26, In Central African
Republic Red Cross workers said they have recovered 44 bodies from
the streets of Bangui after inter-religious fighting in the last two
days. 2 African Union peacekeepers were shot dead in night time
fighting. Assailants also attempted to attack the presidential
palace, but were pushed back.
(Reuters, 12/26/13)(AP, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 26, Egypt escalated
its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, detaining at least 38 of
the group's supporters on charges of belonging to a terrorist
organization the day after it was declared one by the government. A
bomb exploded in a busy intersection near schools in Cairo, hitting
a bus and wounding five people.
(Reuters, 12/26/13)(AP, 12/26/13)
2013 Dec 26, In France a
surprise strike by Lufthansa workers at the main Paris airport
prompted flight cancellations and brought a new headache to holiday
travel. Lufthansa said in statement that only two flights were
officially canceled, and that travel was resuming in the afternoon.
2013 Dec 26, In Guinea a
2-year-old boy in the remote village of Meliandou fell ill with a
mysterious illness characterized by fever, black stools, and
vomiting. He died 2 days later. He was later identified as
patient zero in the current outbreak of Ebola, which was not
recognized until March.
2013 Dec 26, In Iraq a barrage
of rockets were fired on Camp Liberty, home to members of the
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, the militant wing of the National Council of
Resistance of Iran, a Paris-based group opposed to Iran's cleric-led
government. 3 residents were killed and over 50 wounded.
2013 Dec 26, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe paid his respects at the Yasukuni shrine honoring Japan's war
dead in an unexpected visit that drew sharp rebukes from China and
2013 Dec 26, Dozens of Libyan
militiamen briefly blocked the entrance to the central bank,
demanding the resignation of PM Ali Zeidan.
2013 Dec 26, A Russian probe
into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said it has
found no trace of radioactive poisoning.
2013 Dec 26, Russian
authorities issued visas to seven of 30 members of a Greenpeace ship
crew that allow them to leave the country after dropping criminal
charges against them over a protest outside an Arctic oil rig.
2013 Dec 26, A Russian plane
crashed in Siberia, killing nine people. The Soviet-built Antonov
An-12 plane belonging to an aircraft factory in Novosibirsk was
carrying six crew and three others on a flight to another factory in
2013 Dec 26, In Saudi Arabia a
73-year-old man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 57 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of
2013 Dec 26, In South Sudan
heavy fighting raged in the key oil-producing north. Neighbors Kenya
and Ethiopia said they had made "good progress" in efforts to broker
an end to the civil war.
2013 Dec 26, Thailand's
government rejected a call from the Election Commission (EC) to
postpone a February vote. Violence erupted when protesters tried to
storm a venue where a draw for election ballot numbers was being
held and police fired teargas and rubber bullets to keep the
rock-throwing crowd back. A policeman was killed and three were
wounded by gunshots from an unknown attacker.
2013 Dec 26, In Thailand a bus
carrying New Year travelers plunged off one of the country’s highest
bridges around midnight in the kingdom's northeast, leaving at least
29 people dead.
2013 Dec 26, A Turkish
prosecutor said he had been prevented from expanding a corruption
investigation that has touched the heart of the government, alleging
pressure on the judiciary.
2013 Dec 26, In eastern Yemen
tribesmen seized an oil ministry building in Hadramout province and
exchanged gunfire with a pro-government tribe seeking to regain
control of the premises.
2014 Dec 26, Data from Google's
Transparency Report showed online traffic from China to Gmail fell
precipitously and dropped to nearly zero on Dec 27. There was a tiny
pickup on Dec 29. Tests later showed that China's government had
blocked Google IP addresses in Hong Kong used by people on the
mainland to access Gmail services.
2014 Dec 26, Sony's PlayStation
network remained offline on the second day of an outage that began
roiling the online world just as eager video game players were
unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.
2014 Dec 26, International
credit and debit card company Visa Inc said it could no longer
support bank cards being used in Crimea, following US sanctions
imposed earlier this month.
2014 Dec 26, Merla Zellerbach
(b.1930), San Francisco philanthropist, author and former
journalist, died of pancreatic cancer. Her last days were spent
dosed with pain medication.
(SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A1)
2014 Dec 26, Former Harvard
lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak (68), Poland's outstanding poet,
translator and dissident, died at his home near Boston, Mass.
2014 Dec 26, In Ohio a house
fire killed a woman and 3 visiting grandsons in Fayette County.
(SFC, 12/27/14, p.A5)
2014 Dec 26, In Afghanistan an
airstrike by US-led coalition forces killed 3 Afghan villagers who
were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency.
Villagers in the remote Ab Josh area of Logar province said the dead
were civilians who were protecting their land from nomads. A woman
and two men, members of the same family, were killed in southern
Helmand province when the motorcycle they were sharing hit a
roadside bomb. In Kandahar province 4 members of the intelligence
service and a civilian were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside
2014 Dec 26, Former Belgian PM
Leo Tindemans (92), died. His support in European elections
earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe."
2014 Dec 26, Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty quoted the director of its Azerbaijani service
saying that the office has been locked down since early today by
prosecutors and armed police.
2014 Dec 26, In China a monk
was shot in the arm after police used teargas and opened fire during
a clash with Tibetans outside a police station in the western
province of Sichuan.
2014 Dec 26, China said it will
increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal
2015-16, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation.
2014 Dec 26, In India a
Japanese research scholar (22) escaped after being held hostage and
raped for nearly three weeks near a Buddhist pilgrimage center in
Bodh Gaya, Bihar state. By Jan 4 five men were arrested.
(AP, 1/3/15)(AFP, 1/4/15)
2014 Dec 26, Iran said it is to
expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of
censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them
completely, as it used to.
2014 Dec 26, The US-led
coalition pounded the Islamic State jihadist group with 31 air
strikes, including 16 in Syria with 13 in the flashpoint Syrian town
of Kobane and 15 in Iraq.
2014 Dec 26, Ireland's
second-highest court ruled that life support should be removed from
a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus
can't survive to birth.
2014 Dec 26, Ivory Coast's
former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial for "attempting to
undermine the security of the state" in events leading to a bloody
2010-2011 crisis that left thousands dead.
2014 Dec 26, In Mexico City
some three thousand people, led by parents and other relatives and
friends of missing students, took to the streets three months after
the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students.
2014 Dec 26, In Pakistan US
drone strikes on two Taliban compound in North Waziristan killed at
least 7 militants. Pakistani airstrikes killed 39 militants,
including two rebel commanders, in the northwest late today and an
ammunition depot was also destroyed. Troops raided a militant
hideout in an area adjoining Orakzai and Khyber tribal districts. 16
terrorists were killed and 20 injured. Police said they arrested an
important Taliban commander who was wanted for attacks on police and
was also involved in killing a local journalist in northwestern
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(AFP, 12/26/14)(AP, 12/26/14)(AFP, 12/27/14)
2014 Dec 26, A Palestinian man
stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border
policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. On Nov 11, 2015,
Mussa Ajlouni (20) was jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty in
a plea bargain to two counts of attempted murder.
(AP, 12/26/14)(AFP, 11/11/15)
2014 Dec 26, Philippine
communist rebels freed two soldiers after four months of captivity
as a goodwill gesture prior to a possible resumption of peace talks
with the government.
2014 Dec 26, The Kremlin said
President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming
NATO expansion among key external risks.
2014 Dec 26, In South Korea 3
workers died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction
site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly
nuclear power company.
2014 Dec 26, Spain's PM Mariano
Rajoy announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for
government-funded pensions and predicted the nation's economy will
"take off" in 2015.
2014 Dec 26, In central Sri
Lanka at least 9 people were killed and 10 others were missing in
mudslides triggered by heavy rains.
2014 Dec 26, Syrian forces
killed Mohammed al-Ghazzawi, a former Sidney resident and the latest
Australian jihadist to be killed fighting for the Islamic State.
(SSFC, 1/4/15, p.A4)
2014 Dec 26, Ukraine suspended
train and bus services to the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula,
citing security concerns. A day later an official said the
suspension would be temporary. The government and pro-Russian
separatists also swapped 145 Ukrainian servicemen for 222 rebel
prisoners of war.
(AP, 12/26/14)(Reuters, 12/27/14)(AFP, 12/27/14)
2014 Dec 26, In Ukraine rebels
slightly stepped up their attacks on Ukrainian positions in the east
of the country and one Ukrainian servicemen was reported killed in
the past 24 hours.
2014 Dec 26, In Vietnam senior
Chinese and Vietnamese officials agreed to settle their maritime
disputes without resorting to “megaphone diplomacy," during a
meeting in Hanoi.
2015 Dec 26, The United States
and its allies conducted 28 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
and five in Syria. Abdul Qader Hakim, who facilitated the militants'
external operations and had links to the Nov 13 Paris attack
network, was killed in Mosul by a US-led coalition air strike.
(Reuters, 12/27/15)(Reuters, 12/29/15)
2015 Dec 26, Chicago police
shot and killed 3 people, including a mother of five who they said
was shot "accidentally" when officers responded to a domestic
2015 Dec 26, In Texas at least
11 people were killed in the Dallas area from a storm system packing
torrential rains and unleashing a string of tornadoes that toppled
homes, cut power lines and snarled transport for people returning
from the Christmas holidays.
2015 Dec 26, Britain's
Meteorological Office issued two of its most severe weather warnings
after days of torrential rain in northern England caused rivers to
burst their banks and flood several villages.
2015 Dec 26, In Burundi
thousands of supporters of the president protested against the
African Union's plan to deploy 5,000 peacekeepers to quell the
country's escalating unrest.
2015 Dec 26, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde appointed mining executive Mamady Youla as the West
African country's new prime minister.
2015 Dec 26, Israeli policemen
shot and killed a Palestinian as he tried to stab them in Jerusalem.
A Palestinian motorist rammed his car into a checkpoint and lightly
wounded a soldier stationed there. Troops on the scene opened fire
at the attacker and seriously wounded him.
2015 Dec 26, Japanese
authorities said that for the first time, an armed Chinese coast
guard vessel entered its territorial waters off islands claimed by
2015 Dec 26, A Kenyan police
official said an Islamic extremist died in the north when a roadside
bomb he was planting exploded in Mandera.
2015 Dec 26, Serbian police
arrested 80 people including a former minister on graft charges,
stepping up an anti-corruption drive days after opening talks on
joining the European Union.
2015 Dec 26, Syrian government
forces booby trapped a cluster of farm buildings in the southern
Daraa province and detonated the explosives as several Islamic rebel
factions gathered at the venue, killing 17 militants.
2015 Dec 26, A US-backed
alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab rebel groups, backed by US
coalition planes, captured Tishreen Dam from Islamic State.
2015 Dec 26, Yemeni officials
said overnight fighting between Shiite rebels and pro-government in
southwestern Taiz province has killed 31 people, including 8
civilians. Yemeni loyalists killed at least 20 Iran-backed rebels in
a pushback against insurgents seeking to retake positions to the
northeast of the capital they control.
(AP, 12/26/15)(AFP, 12/26/15)
2016 Dec 26, In Rhode Island
the occupation of a tribal government building by a faction of the
Narragansett tribe entered its seventh day. Occupiers included
council members who impeached Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and want
him to step down.
(SFC, 12/27/16, p.A6)
2016 Dec 26, In Afghanistan at
least one police officer was killed after a car bomb exploded near
the convoy of the deputy provincial police chief of southern Helmand
2016 Dec 26, Argentine
President Mauricio Macri sacked his finance minister Alfonso
Prat-Gay, shaking up his economic team amid a stubborn recession
that has made his center-right reforms deeply unpopular.
2016 Dec 26, In Bosnia a ban
went into effect in Sarajevo on half of the city's cars from driving
on city streets in an attempt to ease air pollution.
2016 Dec 26, In Brazil Kyriakos
Amoiridis (59), the Greek ambassador to Brazil, was last seen. His
wife Francoise reported him missing on Dec 28. On Dec 29 his
burned-out rental car was found with a body inside. On Dec 30 police
said Françoise and police officer Sergio Moreira had arranged and
possibly carried out the killing of Amiridis in a home where the
diplomat and his wife were staying in a poor section in the northern
suburb of Rio as Officer Sergio Moreira (29) confessed that he
killed the ambassador.
(AFP, 12/30/16)(Reuters, 12/30/16)(Reuters,
2016 Dec 26, A court in central
China jailed Xiao Tian, a former deputy sports minister who once sat
on China's Olympics committee for 10 and a half years, after finding
him guilty of bribery.
2016 Dec 26, Chinese
authorities handed down prison sentences to nine protesters in
Wukan, a fishing village that's received international attention for
its demonstrations against land seizures.
2016 Dec 26, China and Sao Tome
and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations in a triumph
for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation
abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week.
2016 Dec 26, Frenchman Thomas
Coville sailed into the Brittany port of Brest completing his sail
around the world alone, to set a new world record: 49 days, 3 hours,
7 minutes and 38 seconds.
2016 Dec 26, In Germany several
hundred peace activists started what they say will be a months-long
protest march from Berlin to war-ravaged Syria to urge an end to the
2016 Dec 26, Iranian officials
said hundreds of thousands of birds have been killed in recent weeks
as avian flu spread across seven provinces of the country. State
news said 63,000 chickens, along with 800,000 fertilized eggs and
day-old chicks, were culled at a farm in Qazvin province in recent
days after an outbreak of the deadly H1N8 and H1N5 strains of the
2016 Dec 26, Officials said
Japan and the US have agreed in principle on guidelines for limiting
immunity from Japanese prosecution for civilian workers at American
military bases, following a murder case this year on a southern
Japanese island involving a Marine-turned-contractor.
2016 Dec 26, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe stopped at several memorials in Hawaii, one day before he visits
the site of the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor during a trip intended
to show a strong alliance between his country and the United States.
2016 Dec 26, A Kuwaiti criminal
court sentenced a Filipina to 10 years in prison for pledging
allegiance to the Islamic State group.
2016 Dec 26, Forces loyal to
Libya's eastern government carried out an air strike against
opponents in the central Jufra region.
2016 Dec 26, Hundreds of
Mongolians braved frigid weather to stage a protest in the country's
capital demanding that the government do more to address worsening
air pollution that they fear is sickening their children and
shortening their lives.
2016 Dec 26, Nigerian troops
foiled an attempt by two female suicide bombers to attack a cattle
market in the restive city of Maiduguri. One of the bombers was
killed, while the other was arrested.
2016 Dec 26, In Oman an appeals
court lifted a ban on the Azamn (al-Zaman) newspaper which was
forced to close in August after it published an article alleging
government corruption. The court also decided to acquit journalist
Zaher al-Abri and reduced prison sentences handed down by a lower
court to editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Maamari and his deputy Yousef
(AFP, 12/26/16)(AP, 12/26/16)
2016 Dec 26, Typhoon Nock-ten
blew out of the northern Philippines after killing at least six
people and spoiling Christmas in several provinces, where more than
380,000 people abandoned celebrations at home to reach emergency
shelters and other safer grounds.
2016 Dec 26, In the Philippines
18 crewmen were missing from the cargo ship M/V Starlite Atlantic
after it sank at the height of Typhoon Nock-Ten. 14 other crewmen
were rescued and one died after the ship sank off Mabini town in
2016 Dec 26, Russia’s Defense
Ministry said its troops have found mass graves in Syria’s Aleppo
with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation.
(SFC, 12/27/16, p.A3)
2016 Dec 26, Saudi Arabia’s
interior minister said more than 2,000 Saudis are fighting abroad
with jihadist groups, with over 70 percent of them in Syria.
2016 Dec 26, Serbian
authorities arrested three men on suspicion of people trafficking
after 77 migrants were found hidden in cargo vehicles.
2016 Dec 26, In Syria a US
coalition airstrike killed Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti, a member of
Islamic State's war committee, by the Tabqa Dam, a strategic
objective in Raqqa city.
2016 Dec 26, Thailand said
police have detained nine people suspected of hacking government
websites to protest against amendments to a cyber security law that
critics say strengthens the authorities' oversight of the internet.
2017 Dec 26, A suspected US
drone attack along the Pakistani-Afghan border killed an Islamist
militant commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.
2017 Dec 26, The US Treasury
Department issued sanctions against two officials it describes as
"key leaders of North Korea's unlawful weapons programs." The
sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any
property or interests in property within US jurisdiction, and
prohibit them from transactions with American citizens.
2017 Dec 26, Police in New York
arrested a father (55) and his two sons (22 and 18) who had $25
million worth of counterfeit designer accessories in their
possession. The knockoff Chinese merchandise was shipped to Kennedy
Airport before being distributed to street vendors.
2017 Dec 26, In upstate New
York two women and two children were found dead in their apartment
in Troy. Two men from Schenectady were soon arrested.
(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)
2017 Dec 26, Tibetan filmmaker
Dhondup Wangchen (43), imprisoned for making a short documentary
about Tibetan opposition to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, managed to
flee China and arrived in San Francisco.
(SFC, 12/29/17, p.D1)
2017 Dec 26, In Afghanistan
four border police officers were killed after their vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Faryab province. Five people were killed in Ghazni
(SFC, 12/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 26, In Afghanistan at
least five coal miners were killed in a tunnel collapse in northern
Samangan province. One miner remained missing.
2017 Dec 26, Angola’s
Russian-built AngoSat 1 satellite successfully entered orbit after
launch from the Baikonur pad in Kazakhstan, but experts couldn't
immediately establish contact. By Dec. 29 state-run Energia company
engineers established communications with the craft and received
data indicating that all its systems are operating properly.
2017 Dec 26, China published
its first "green development" index, listing regional governments
which promote environmentally friendly development, with Beijing
coming out top, though it came second-to-last in a survey of public
2017 Dec 26, Data from China’s
General Administration of Customs showed that China did not export
any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil to North Korea last
2017 Dec 26, Prominent Chinese
activist Wu Gan, who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher as he
mocked and pressured Chinese officials, was given an eight-year
prison sentence for subversion.
2017 Dec 26, The state-run
China Youth Daily reported that local officials in northern Shandong
province have used fake data to help aluminum and steel producers
avoid mandatory production curbs. The report cited a Ministry of
Environmental Protection inspection team.
2017 Dec 26, Dominican Republic
authorities said at least a dozen people have died and 21 more
hospitalized after drinking homemade liquor containing methanol.
(SFC, 12/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 26, Egypt hanged 15
men convicted of attacks that killed security forces in the Sinai
Peninsula, in what appeared to be the largest number of executions
on a single day since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in
2017 Dec 26, Egypt’s state-run
Al-Ahram newspaper reported the acquittal of Ismail Serrag el-Din,
the founding director of the new Library of Alexandria, overturning
a three-and-a-half year sentence on charges of squandering public
2017 Dec 26, An Egyptian court
convicted a British woman Laura Plummer (33) of smuggling hundreds
of powerful painkillers into the country, sentencing her to three
years in prison. She has insisted the Tramadol tablets were for her
Egyptian partner, who suffers chronic back pain.
2017 Dec 26, In Kosovo a
non-governmental organization has hung hundreds of ties from the
fence outside a government building to protest a pay raise for PM
Ramush Haradinaj, who has said in TV interviews that he needs the
money for new ties and shirts. Last week, Haradinaj's Cabinet
decided to double his salary to 2,950 euros ($3,497) a month before
taxes. The average salary in the country is 354 euros a month
2017 Dec 26, Kuwait’s interior
ministry said five government employees have been arrested accused
of posting a video on social media considered offensive to the Gulf
state's crown prince.
2017 Dec 26, Liberia held
elections in a delayed run-off vote for the country's presidency.
Former int’l footballer George Weah (51) and Vice-President Joseph
Boakai joined voters in casting their ballots as they went
head-to-head for the top office. George Weah easily beat Vice
President Joseph Boakai gaining 61.5 percent of the ballot against
38.5 percent for his rival and winning in 14 of Liberia's 15
(AFP, 12/26/17)(AFP, 12/29/17)
2017 Dec 26, Libyan oil firm
Waha Oil stopped pumping crude to the Es Sider terminal after a
feeder pipeline was blown up.
2017 Dec 26, Mexico's central
bank said it will bolster the peso amid concerns US tax changes
could reduce investment flows to Mexico.
2017 Dec 26, Myanmar police
said they would drop pending charges against two journalists working
for Turkey's state broadcaster, their interpreter and driver, who
were jailed in November for violating an aircraft law by filming
with a drone.
2017 Dec 26, Russia’s defense
minister said it has started establishing a permanent military
presence at naval and air bases in Syria, as parliament ratified a
deal with Damascus to cement Russian presence in the country.
2017 Dec 26, Saudi Arabia
hosted a world chess tournament for the first time, nearly two years
after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against
playing the board game. Players from Israel and Qatar missed the
tournament due to regional tensions.
2017 Dec 26, Saudi Arabia’s
Okaz newspaper reported that authorities have released 23 of the
200-or-so powerful individuals detained since November on corruption
charges after they reached deals with the government.
2017 Dec 26, Sudan's foreign
minister said Turkey will rebuild the ruined Ottoman port city of
Suakin on Sudan's Red Sea coast and construct a naval dock to
maintain civilian and military vessels. The restoration was agreed
during a visit to the ancient port by Turkish President Tayyip
2017 Dec 26, Syria's government
began to allow the evacuation of nearly 30 critically ill people
from a besieged Damascus suburb, where hundreds requiring medical
treatment have been prevented from reaching hospitals minutes away.
At least five detainees were evacuated from eastern Ghouta late
2017 Dec 26, It was reported
that over the last year Venezuela's currency has weakened 97.5 per
cent against the greenback, meaning $1,000 of local currency
purchased then would be worth just $25 now.
2017 Dec 26, In Yemen air
strikes hit a crowded market in Al Hayma sub-district of Attazziah
in Taiz governorate, killing 54 and injuring 32.