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On December 26th, 1799, the late
George Washington was eulogized by Colonel Henry
Lee as "first in war, first in peace and
first in the hearts of his countrymen."
On this date:
In 1776, the British
suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton
during the Revolutionary War.
In 1893, Chinese
leader Mao Tse-tung was born in
In 1917, during
World War One, the US government took over
operation of the nation's railroads.
In 1941, Winston
Churchill became the first British prime minister
to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
In 1944, in the
World War Two Battle of the Bulge, the embattled
US 101st Airborne Division was relieved by units
of the Fourth Armored Division.
In 1944, Tennessee
Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie"
was first performed publicly, at the Civic
Theatre in Chicago.
In 1972, the 33rd
president of the United States, Harry S. Truman,
died in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1974, comedian
Jack Benny died in Los Angeles at age 80.
In 1975, the
Soviet Union inaugurated the world's first
supersonic transport service with a flight of its
Tupolev-144 airliner from Moscow to Alma-Ata.
six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was
found beaten and strangled in the basement of her
family's home in Boulder, Colorado. (To date, the
slaying remains unsolved.)
Ten years ago:
Romanian television broadcast videotape showing
ousted President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife,
Elena, at their secret trial as well as footage
of the former leader's body following his
execution. That same day, a provisional
government took control of Romania.
Five years ago:
French commandos stormed a hijacked Air France
jetliner on the ground in Marseille, killing four
Algerian hijackers and freeing 170 hostages.
One year ago:
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address,
urged Congress to lower the blood-alcohol limit
for drunken driving nationwide to .08 percent.
"Little progress can
be made by merely attempting to repress what is
evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is
President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933).