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This Day in History for December 26

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

1805 – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia.

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

1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo.

1860 – Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small force at Ft. Sumter.

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

1878 – 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia.

1917 – US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I.

1933 – FM radio is patented.

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

1960 – “Do Re Mi” opens at St. James Theater NYC for 400 performances.

1967 – Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands.

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

1986 – TV soap “Search for Tomorrow” ends 35 year run.

1991 – Jack Ruby’s gun sells for $220,000 in auction.

1992 – NY Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75.

1993 – Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez wins Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tournament.

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

1998 – Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.

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

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