December 26: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1799 - Four thousand people attend George Washington's funeral where Henry Lee III declares him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
- 1862 - Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
- 1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
- 1966 - The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies atCalifornia State University, Long Beach.
- 1982 - Time's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer.
- Famous Birthdays: Jesus Christ (founder of the Christian religion), Charles Babbage (English mathematician and engineer, invented the Difference engine), Norman Angell (English journalist, author, and politician, Nobel Prize laureate), Edward C. Prescott (American economist, Nobel Prize laureate), Peter Hillary (New Zealand mountaineer)
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