Today in History – December 26

La Navidad, the first Spanish settlement in the New World, was founded by Columbus. (1492)

William Shakespeare’s play King Lear was performed at the court of England’s King James I. (1606)

Plymouth Colony was settled and construction was started by the Mayflower colonists. (1620)

The crimes of Elizabeth Báthory, the most prolific female serial killer who murdered hundreds of young girls, were uncovered. (1620)

American Revolutionary War: Tea ships were expelled from Philadelphia. (1773)

American Revolutionary War: General George Washington won the Battle of Trenton after a surprise attack on Hessians that were dazed from too many Christmas celebrations. (1776)

French Revolution: During the trial of French King Louis XVI, the court heard the king’s defense brought by Raymond Desèze. (1792)

George Washington was eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as “First in war, First in peace and First in hearts of his countrymen.” (1799)

A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia killed the Governor of Virginia, George William Smith, and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia, Abraham B. Venable. (1811)

Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I began. (1825)

WW1: US Government took over US railroads for duration of the war. (1917)

Judy Garland, age 2½ and billed as Baby Frances, made her show business debut. (1924)

Bolsheviks shot Isaac the Younger, a holy father of the Russian Orthodox Church. (1937)

WW2: Winston Churchill became the first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress warning that Axis would “stop at nothing.” (1941)

WW2: Earl Claus von Stauffenberg took a bomb to Hitlers headquarter. It didn’t kill Hitler as he intended. (1943)

Mobster Bugsy Siegel opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (1946)

Hungarian authorities arrested Cardinal Josef Mindszenty, an outspoken critic of communism. (1948)

Demos Shakarian, founder of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, saw  a vision the night he planned to disband the fellowship and changed his mind. From that day, the fellowship grew into a huge international movement with over one thousand chapters world wide and resulted in the conversion of hundreds of thousands of people. (1952)

Porgy and Bess, an opera featuring an African-American cast, opened in Leningrad. (1955)

The first day of the first Kwanzaa was celebrated in Los Angeles. The seven-day holiday, which has strong African roots, was designed as a celebration of African American family, community, and culture. (1966)

TIME’s Man of the Year was a computer. (1982)

Nigerian Christians falsely accused of defecating on a Koran were dragged out of jail and beheaded by a mob. (1994)

Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. (1996)

A 9.3 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people, including some towns with large Christian populations. (2004)

About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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