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26 December

211 – Roman Empire – Co-Emperor Geta murdered on order of Caracalla. http://www.roman-empire.net/decline/geta.html

268 – Rome – Pope Dionysius died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Dionysius

795 – Rome – Leo III became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Leo_III

1135 – England – Coronation of King Stephen. http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=stephen

1481 – Holland – Battle of Westbroek (Hook & Cod Wars). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Westbroek

1776 – USA – Battle of Trenton (American Revolutionary War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trenton

1793 – France – Second Battle of Wissembourg began (French Revolutionary Wars). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Wissembourg_(1793)

1805 – Czechoslovakia – Treaty of Pressberg signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_of_Pressburg_(1805)

1806 – Prussia – Battle of Pultusk (War of Fourth Coalition). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pu%C5%82tusk

1806 – Poland – Battle of Golymin (War of Fourth Coalition). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Golymin

1811 – USA – Richmond Theatre fire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Theatre_fire

1825 – Russian Empire – Decembrist Revolt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decembrist_revolt

1862 – USA – Battle of Chickasaw Bayou began (American Civil War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chickasaw_Bayou

1862 – USA – Mass hanging at Mankato, Minnesota, 38 killed. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/dakota/Dak_account.html

1862 – USA – Dakota War ended (American Indian Wars). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_War_of_1862

1870 – Italy/France – Fréjus Rail Tunnel completed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9jus_Rail_Tunnel

1883 – Canada – Harbour Grace Affray. http://archivalmoments.ca/2014/12/the-harbour-grace-affray/

1925 – Turkey – Adopted Gregorian Calendar.


1939 – Turkey – Earthquake measuring 7.8Mw, epicentre in Erzincan, 32,700 killed. https://youtu.be/hAJi14_ryGE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939_Erzincan_earthquake

1943 – Norway – German battleship Scharnhorst sunk (WWII). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_battleship_Scharnhorst

1944 – Belgium – Siege of Bastogne ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Bastogne

1951 – USA – USAF plane crashed near Redding, CA, 8killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19511226-0

1952 – South Korea – Royal Hellenic Air Force plane crashed near Jinhae Air Base, 14 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19521226-0


1991 – USSR/Russia – Soviet Union formerly dissolved. https://youtu.be/0g6arFbKZ60 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissolution_of_the_Soviet_Union

1997 – West Indies – Soufriere Hills volcano erupted. http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/west.indies/soufriere/govt/specrep/specrep06.html

2003 – Iran – Earthquake measuring 6.6Mw, epicentre in Bam, 27,000 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Bam_earthquake

2004 – Indonesia – Earthquake measuring 9.1Mw, epicentre off west coast of northern Sumatra, 230,000 killed.  http://youtu.be/GjpRRJZJcEw WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_and_tsunami

2006 – Taiwan – Earthquake measuring 7.1Mw, epicentre in Hengchun, 2 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Hengchun_earthquake

2006 – Nigeria – Explosion of oil pipeline in Lagos, 260 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6209845.stm

2011 – Scandinavia – Hit by Cyclone Dagmar.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Dagmar

York

1251 – Marriage of Princess Margaret to Alexander III at York Minster. http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usbiography/monarchs/alexanderiii.html


2015 – Floods began. https://youtu.be/iA3Z-bVtMAA http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14168299.York_floods_2015__How_the_devastating_floods_unfolded_and_how_York_rallied_superbly/