December 26 is the 360th day of the year. There are five days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56).
+ 1860 – The first ever inter-club English association football match takes place between Hallam and Sheffield football clubs in Sheffield.
+ 1862 – The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, where 38 Native Americans died.
+ 1919 – Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, allegedly establishing the Curse of the Bambino superstition.
+ 1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
+ 1963 – The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
( Births )
+ 1921 – Steve Allen, American actor, singer, talk show host, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
+ 1924 – Frank Broyles, American football player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2017)
+ 1954 – Ozzie Smith, American baseball player and sportscaster