Today in History: 26th December


Historical Events:

• 1890: King Mwanga of Uganda signs a contract with the British East Africa Company.
• 1975: 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144).
• 1988: Anti African student rebellion in China PR.
• 1996: Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.
• 2004: Tsunamis devastate large swathes of South and Southeast Asia. More than 125,000 people, including several South African tourists, are killed.
• 2012: China opens the world’s longest high speed rail route from Beijing to Guangzhou.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1871: Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
• 1935: Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj’ opera "Lady Macbeth".
• 1963: Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There".
• 1965: "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway.
• 1966: Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club.
• 1967: BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour".
• 1973: Horror film "The Exorcist," starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres – 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture.


• 1860: The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England.
• 1938: Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England vs South Africa.
• 1995: Paul Adams becomes SA’s youngest Test Cricket player.
• 1961: Charlie Frank, cricketer (South Africa Test centurion vs Australia 1921-22), dies.
• 1995: Paul Adams became South Africa’s youngest Test Cricket player, aged 18 years and 340 days.
• 1908: Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba