ON THIS DAY: December 26, 2016

December 26th is


Candy Cane Day


Thank-you Note Day


Spiced Caramel Apple Martini Day


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  • Christianity – Feast of St. Stephen,  
  • Juledag (Northern Europe – 2nd day of Christmas)
  • Zoroastrian – Zartusht No Diso (death of Zoraster)
  • Kwanzaa

British Commonwealth – Boxing Dayinternational Flags

Faulkland Islands – Annual Sports Day

South Africa – Day of Goodwill

Namibia – Family Day

Slovenia – Independence Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1716 – Thomas Gray, English poet, is born


1780 – Mary Farifax Somerville born, Scottish polymath and author, “On the Magnetizing Power of the More Refrangible Solar Rays”

1791 – Charles Babbage is born, mathematician-engineer,  inventor of the adding machine, and the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives


1799 – Four thousand people attend George Washington’s funeral where Henry Lee III declares he was “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen”


1825 – Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Czar Nicholas I but are suppressed in the Decembrist revolt in Saint Petersburg

1862 – The USS Red Rover is commissioned by the U.S. Navy as a hospital ship and takes aboard Sisters of the Order of the Holy Cross, the first women to serve as nurses aboard a navy ship

1865 – James H. Mason patents a coffee percolator

1871 – Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis

1891 – Henry Miller is born, controversial American novelist


1893 – Mao Tse-tung is born, leader of the communist revolution in China

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium

1908 – Jack Johnson becomes the first black heavyweight boxing champion when he knocks out Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia


1921 – The Catholic Irish Free State becomes a self-governing dominion of Great Britain

1931 – George Gershwin’s musical, “Of Thee I Sing,” opens at New York’s Music Box Theatre, the first musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize

1938 – Bahram Beyzai born, Iranian director-producer-screenwriter

1939 – W.C. Handy records the classic “St. Louis Blues” for the movies

1941 – Winston Churchill is the first British prime minister to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress

1944 – Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie debuts at Chicago’s Civic Theatre


1963 – The Beatles release “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” in the U. S.

1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach

1975 – Tu-144, world’s first commercial supersonic aircraft, goes into service

1995 – Israel turned dozens of West Bank villages over to the Palestinian Authority

2002 – The first cloned human baby is born,  announced on December 27 by Clonaid

2004 – Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny

2009 – China opens the world’s longest high-speed rail route between Beijing and Guangzhou




  • Candy cane
  • Thank You Note
  • Spiced Caramel Apple Martini
  • International flags
  • Thomas Gray with gratitude quote
  • Charles Babbage with wrong information quote
  • George Washington’s Funeral – Eulogy pamphlet
  • Henry Miller – naked woman quote
  • Jack Johnson – Getty image
  • Still photo from The Glass Menagerie at Chicago’s Civic Theatre
  • Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed train


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: December 26, 2016

  1. The TU-144 was an awesome airplane, but had several fatal flaws. It never logged very many passenger hours. It also had less capability to maneuver than the Concorde. The Paris Air Show crash in 1973 happened because the Concorde did a high speed pass and sharp pull up. Not to be outdone, the Soviet brass decided to do the same maneuver. In order to do it, several safety systems had to be disabled. That resulted in excessive aerodynamic loads, and one wing departed the airframe. The six crew members and eight people on the ground died. Story with videos at this link:

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