ON THIS DAY: December 26, 2017

December 26th is

Candy Cane Day

Thank-you Note Day

Spiced Caramel Apple Martini Day


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

British Commonwealth – Boxing Day

Falkland Islands – Stanley Races

South Africa – Day of Goodwill

Namibia – Family Day

Slovenia –
Independence & Unity Day


On This Day in HISTORY

887 (?) – Berengar of Fruili becomes King Berengar I of Italy

Berengar I depicted in a 12th century manuscript

1526 – Rose Lok born, Englishwoman who worked for her husband and one of her brothers, who were mercers (dealers in textiles, especially silk and other fine materials) in partnership together; the men were imprisoned during the reign of Queen Mary I for being Protestants; at the age of 84, she wrote an account of her parents, and events during her life up to 1558

1618 – Elisabeth born Princess of the Palatinate, Princess-Abbess of Herford Abbey (1667-1680), providing refuge for persecuted Protestants; had extensive correspondence with notable intellectuals of the time, René Descartes in particular, with whom she carried on a lively debate about his idea of Dualism (mind separate from the body); this correspondence has given scholars insight into 17th century theoretical debates

1716 – Thomas Gray born, English poet and classical scholar; known for Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

1780 – Mary Fairfax Somerville born, Scottish polymath; she and Caroline Herschel became the first women members of the Royal Astronomical Society at the same time; the term “scientist” was first used to describe her, someone who possesses the intellect to combine mathematics, astronomy and physics seamlessly; author of “On the Magnetizing Power of the More Refrangible Solar Rays”

1791 – Charles Babbage born, mathematician-engineer, inventor of the adding machine, and the cowcatcher, the V-shaped metal bumper on front of locomotives1799 – 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”

1819 – E.D.E.N. Southworth born, American author of over 60 novels, who took up writing to support her children when her husband deserted the family in 1844; supporter of women’s rights and friend of Harriet Beecher Stowe; best known for The Hidden Hand, a novel which first appeared in serial form in the New York Ledger

1825 – Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Czar Nicholas I but are suppressed during 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 born, controversial American novelist

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

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium

1900 – Evelyn Bark, leading member of the British Red Cross; fluent in six languages with a working knowledge of several others, she developed language cards to help doctors and nurses communicate with patients when there was no shared language; during WWII, she was part of the British Red Cross Commission entering just-liberated Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany; one of the first volunteers to enter the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; after the war, worked for the Red Cross International Tracing Service, helping survivors from the camps, trying to reunite them with their families, as well as organizing a hospital and rehabilitation center for them; coordinated relief for Hungarian refugees in 1956; one of the first women to receive the British Order of St Michael and St George in 1967; No Time to Kill is her autobiography

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”

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

Tu-144 prototype in flight on February 1, 1969

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



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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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