Vanilla Fudge concert was opened on this day

Led Zeppelin, January 1975, Chicago. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 26 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Vanilla Fudge concert was opened on this day

Led Zeppelin, January 1975, Chicago. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 26 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2009 | The world’s longest high-speed rail route linking  Beijing and Guangzhou was opened in China.

2004 | The Indian Ocean earthquake, also known as the Christmas or Boxing Day tsunami, struck off the coast of Sumatra island, Indonesia, over 100 000 deaths were recorded.

2003 | The Bam earthquake struck southeastern Iran, leaving more than 26 000 dead and 30 000 injured.

1999 | The storm Lothar hit areas across Central Europe moving at more than 120 miles per hour, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.

1966 | The annual celebration of African-American culture and heritage that is held from 26 December to 1 January (Kwanzaa), was celebrated for the first time by Professor Maulana Karenga at California State University, Long Beach.

1941 | Congress passed thanksgiving legislation that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law to establish the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.


1476 | The fifth Duke of Milan was assassinated on this day, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, 32.

2011 | Mexican-American actor and producer, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr, 71.

2006 | The 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, 93.

1972 | The 33rd President of the United States died in Kansas City, Harry S. Truman, 88.

2000 | American actor, Jason Robards, 78.

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1980 | Turkish singer, Ceylan Ertem.

1954 | American baseball player and sportscaster, Ozzie Smith.

1990 | Russian footballer, Denis Cheryshev.

1893 | Republic of China politician and Former President of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong.

1979 | American singer, musician, and actor, Christopher Adam Daughtry.


For the first time in history, the two Sheffield clubs on boxing day found themselves playing each other in the Third Division. Sheffield Wednesday beat Sheffield United 4-0 at Hillsborough on this day.


1968 | The Led Zeppelin’s “Vanilla Fudge” concert was opened In the US on this day for the first time.


African traditional religions are widespread throughout the world. The transatlantic slave trade resulted in the rise of African-inspired traditions in different continents such as Candomblé in Brazil, Santería in Cuba, or Vodun in Haiti.