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This Day in History for December 26 – Tsunami Engulfs Southeast Asia and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1946 – Mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opens The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (More info)

1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach (More info)

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This Day in History for December 25 – ‘White Christmas’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1066 – William the Conqueror is crowned King of England (More info)

1776 – George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey (More info)

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This Day in History for December 24 – First National Christmas Tree Lighting and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1818 – ‘Silent Night’ is composed by Franz Gruber (More info)

1914 – An extraordinary Christmas truce begins during World War I (More info)

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Courtauld Gallery, Wikimedia Commons
Courtauld Gallery, Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for December 23 – Van Gogh Cuts Off His Ear and More

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1823 – ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas,’ more commonly known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ is published anonymously (More info)

1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor (More info)

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Bethany Clarke/Dan Kitwood/Alex Wong/Michael Bradley, Getty
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25 Things You Might Not Know About Christmas

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Christmas is full of familiar traditions: carving the ham, leaving cookies out for Santa, listening to Uncle Morty talk about his gall bladder removal surgery while you’re trying to enjoy some egg nog

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Sandy Huffaker, Getty Images
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This Day in History for December 22 – ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repealed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807 – At the urging of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress passes the Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries (More info)

1941 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy (More info)

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'Landing of the Pilgrims' by Michele Felice Cornè, The White House Historical Association
'Landing of the Pilgrims' by Michele Felice Cornè, The White House Historical Association
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This Day in History for December 21 – Pilgrims Land on Plymouth Rock and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620 – William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (More info)

1898 – Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (More info)

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This Day in History for December 20 – Elvis Presley Drafted and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (More info)

1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (More info)

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for December 19 – House Votes to Impeach Clinton and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled ‘The American Crisis’ (More info)

1777 – George Washington’s Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (More info)

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This Day in History for December 18 – ‘The Nutcracker’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620 – The Mayflower docks at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts (More info)

1898 – Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.2 mph in a Jeantaud electric car (More info)

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Library of Congress
Library of Congress
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This Day in History for December 17 – The Wright Brothers Fly and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1903 – Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make history’s first successful flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft (More info)

1944 – The US Army announces the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing “evacuees” to return home (More info)

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Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for December 16 – Boston Tea Party Occurs and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1773 – In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor in what would come to be known as the Boston Tea Party (More info)

1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China and kills an estimated 200,000 (More info)

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