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December 26

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In the headlines today:

Gerald Ford
 Former US president Gerald Ford dies at age 93 at his Rancho Mirage, California, home.
 (photo credit: NARA)


2004A massive 8.9 earthquake rocks southeast Asia, triggering a deadly tsuanmi that kills thousands.
2004NFL football player Reggie White (Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers) dies of respiratory arrest at age 43.
1999R&B artist Curtis Mayfield dies in an Atlanta hospital at age 57. Mayfield, famous for the Superfly soundtrack, had been paralyzed since 1990 during an onstage accident.
1996Six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's Boulder, CO, home. The killing remains unsolved.
1994French commandos storm a hijacked Air France jet on the ground in Marseille, freeing 170 hostages and killing the Algerian hijackers.
1989A provisional government takes control of Romania, following the secret trial and execution of President Nicolae Ceausescu.
1986The CBS-TV daytime drama, Search for Tomorrow, ends its 35-year run.
1975Russia begins the world's first supersonic air transport service with its Tupolev-144 run from Moscow to Alma-Ata.
1974Television and radio comedian Jack Benny dies in Los Angeles, at age 80.
1972Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the US, dies in Kansas City, MO.
1963Capitol Records releases the first single by The Beatles for the US market: I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There.
1954Author-magician Walter B. Gibson's popular radio mystery program, The Shadow, ends its 24-year run.
1944The US 101st Airborne Division is relieved by the Fourth Armored Division in the WWII Battle of the Bulge.
1941Winston Churchill becomes the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
1776  British troops suffer a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolution>.

Born today:

1971  Jared Leto - actor

1969  Peter Klett - rock guitarist (Candlebox)

1963  Lars Ulrich - rock drummer (Metallica)

1962  Brian Westrum - country drummer (Sons of the Desert)

1954  Ozzie Smith - baseball player

1948  Chris Chambliss - baseball player

1947  Carlton Fisk - baseball catcher

1945  John Walsh - TV host (America's Most Wanted)

1940  Phil Spector - record producer

1935  Abdul 'Duke' Fakir - R&B singer (The Four Tops)

1930  Donald Moffat - actor (Clear and Present Danger)

1927  Alan King - comedian

1921  Steve Allen - comedian, composer, TV host

1914  Richard Widmark - actor

1893  Mao Tse-Tung  

Mao Tse-Tung - Communist founder of the People's Republic of China
(photo credit: NARA)

1837  George Dewey - Spanish-American War Admiral ("You may fire when ready, Gridley.")

1785  Laurent Clerc - first deaf teacher in US, helped establish the American School for the Deaf

1716  Thomas Gray - poet


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