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This Day in History for December 26

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1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen”

1848 – 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco.

1865 – James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator.

1914 – US Government protest British interference with American merchant ships at sea, on the same day Germans announced they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; weakens America’s protest.

1919 – Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

1924 – Judy Garland, 2 1/2, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut.

1931 – Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play “Of Thee I Sing” by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City.

1933 – FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong.

1941 – Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would “stop at nothing”

1946 – Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)

1950 – Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 years)

1960 – National Football League Championship, Franklin Field, Philadelphia:  Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers, 17-13; lone playoff defeat for Packers coach Vince Lombardi before Packers established dynasty.

1964 – Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks.

1971 – Muhammad Ali finishes off German Jurgen Blin with a thundering right cross for a 7th-round knockout in a non-title heavyweight boxing contest in Zurich, Switzerland.

1982 – TIME’s Man of the Year is a computer.

1991 – Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years.

1992 – NY Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75.

1996 – Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.

2001 – Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) records one of their largest 1-day jumps of the year as traders become convinced that OPEC will follow through on production cuts.