December 26 in Pop Culture History
1610 – Countess Elizabeth Bathory had tortured and killed possibly hundreds young girls for over a dozen years. She believed eating flash and bathing in their blood would keep her youthful.
1865 – James H. Mason of Franklin, Mass., was issued a patent (# 51,741) for a coffee percolator.
1878 – The first electric lighting in an American store was installed at John Wanamaker’s “Grand Depot” department store, Philadelphia, PA.
1906 – The world’s first full-length feature film, Story of the Kelly Gang (about 70 minutes) was presented in the Town Hall at Melbourne, Australia.
1919 – Babe Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, beginning the ‘Curse of the Bambino’, which lasted until 2004.
1940 – The Philadelphia Story, directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name and starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, was released.
1946 – Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
1963 – The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There were released as singles in the US.
1964 – “The Hit Heard Round The World” – Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers – In the American Football League Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, Bills linebacker Mike Stratton hit upon Chargers running back Keith Lincoln that resulted in breaking Lincoln’s ribs and knocked him out of the game.
1964 – #1 Hit December 26, 1964 – January 22, 1965: The Beatles – I Feel Fine
1966 – Maulana Karenga held the first Kwanzaa, in California.
1967 – A patent (# 3,359,678) was issued to Wham-O for their improvement of the Frisbee, an “aerodynamic toy to be thrown through the air in throwing games.”
1970 – #1 Hit December 26, 1970 – January 22, 1971: George Harrison – My Sweet Lord / Isn’t It a Pity
1973 – Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, The Exorcist, starring Linda Blair, was released in theaters.
1982 – The Man of the Year in Time magazine was the personal computer.
2004 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. A series of tsunamis killed more than 225,000 people in eleven countries with waves up to 100 feet high. It was the deadliest natural disaster in modern history.
Tilly Smith, 10 year old British schoolgirl, saved her family and 100 other tourists from the 2004 Asian tsunami, by recognizing signs of tsunamis she had learned in a geography lesson two weeks before.