December 26 Holidays, Events & Observances

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December 26 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are December 26 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; December 26 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on December 26.

December 26 holidays and observances
December 26 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in December, international holidays in December 26, national days in December 26. Some major December 26 national day and International holidays list in December calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

There are literally thousands of holidays throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of December 26 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have documented the long list of observances on December 26, notable events, national days in December 26, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on December 26 globally.

Month of December

The month of December brings many holidays, feasts, and happenings!Learn all about the 12th month on the calendar, a short history, and what the month is known for! From St. Nicholas Day to the Geminid Meteor Shower to Christmas, it’s a busy month of the year. Just remember to grab a cup of cocoa and relax when you can. 

December is the 12th month (and last month) in our modern-day Gregorian calendar (as it was in the preceding Julian calendar).

However, it was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). Hence, “December” comes from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten.”

Holidays in December

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in December are: National Fritters Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, National Mutt Day | National Mixed Breed Dog Day, Pan American Health Day, Special Education Day, World Computer Literacy Day, National Roof over Your Head Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Make a Gift Day, and more.

December 26 holidays and observances
December 26 Holidays and Observances

December 26 Holidays, National Day

December 26 is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; Five days remain until the end of the year.

Events

  • 887 – Berengar I is elected as king of Italy by the lords of Lombardy. He is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy at Pavia.
  • 1481 – Battle of Westbroek: Holland defeats troops of Utrecht.
  • 1489 – The forces of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, take control of Almería from the Nasrid ruler of Granada, Muhammad XIII.
  • 1704 – Second Battle of Anandpur: In the Second Battle of Anandpur, Aurangzeb’s two generals, Wazir Khan and Zaberdast Khan executed two children of Guru Gobind Singh, Zorawar Singh aged 8 and Fateh Singh aged 5, by burying them alive into a wall.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: In the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian forces.
  • 1790 – Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution.
  • 1793 – Second Battle of Wissembourg: France defeats Austria.
  • 1799 – Henry Lee III’s eulogy to George Washington in congress declares him as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. (This is not to be confused with Washington’s funeral on December 18.)
  • 1805 – Austria and France sign the Treaty of Pressburg.
  • 1806 – Battles of Pultusk and Golymin: Russian forces hold French forces under Napoleon.
  • 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.
  • 1825 – Advocates of liberalism in Russia rise up against Czar Nicholas I but are suppressed in the Decembrist revolt in Saint Petersburg.
  • 1860 – First Rules derby is held between Sheffield F.C. and Hallam F.C., the oldest football fixture in the world.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The Trent Affair: Confederate diplomatic envoys James Murray Mason and John Slidell are freed by the United States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou begins.
  • 1862 – Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
  • 1862 – The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, where 38 Native Americans died.
  • 1871 – Thespis, the first Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, debuts. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years and the score has been lost.
  • 1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.
  • 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.
  • 1943 – World War II: German warship Scharnhorst is sunk off of Norway’s North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.
  • 1944 – World War II: George S. Patton’s Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.
  • 1948 – Cardinal József Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.
  • 1948 – The last Soviet troops withdraw from North Korea.
  • 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.
  • 1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
  • 1968 – The Communist Party of the Philippines is established by Jose Maria Sison, breaking away from the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas-1930.
  • 1972 – Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.
  • 1975 – Tu-144, the world’s first commercial supersonic aircraft, surpassing Mach 2, goes into service.
  • 1991 – The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union, ending the Cold War.
  • 1994 – Four Armed Islamic Group hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969. When the plane lands at Marseille, a French Gendarmerie assault team boards the aircraft and kills the hijackers.
  • 1998 – Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
  • 1999 – The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
  • 2003 – The 6.6 Mw  Bam earthquake shakes southeastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving more than 26,000 dead and 30,000 injured.
  • 2004 – The 9.1–9.3 Mw  Indian Ocean earthquake shakes northern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed tsunamis, it affected coastal and partially mainland areas of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; death toll is estimated at 227,898.
  • 2004 – Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny.
  • 2006 – 2006 Hengchun earthquakes.
  • 2012 – China opens the world’s longest high-speed rail route, which links Beijing and Guangzhou.
  • 2015 – During the December 2015 North American storm complex, a Tornado Outbreak occurs in the DFW Metroplex, with the most notable tornadoes being an EF2, EF3, and an EF4. About a dozen people died due to various reasons, 10 of which due to the EF4, which did substantial damage to the suburb of Rowlett.
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Births

  • 1194 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1250)
  • 1446 – Charles de Valois, Duke de Berry, French noble (d. 1472)
  • 1526 – Rose Lok, businesswoman and Protestant exile (d.1613)
  • 1532 – Wilhelm Xylander, German scholar and academic (d. 1576)
  • 1536 – Yi I, Korean philosopher and scholar (d. 1584)
  • 1537 – Albert, Count of Nassau-Weilburg (d. 1593)
  • 1581 – Philip III, Landgrave of Hesse-Butzbach (d. 1643)
  • 1618 – Elisabeth of the Palatinate, German princess, philosopher, and Calvinist (d. 1680)
  • 1628 – John Page, American politician (d. 1692)
  • 1646 – Robert Bolling, English-American merchant and planter (d. 1709)
  • 1687 – Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer (d. 1755)
  • 1716 – Thomas Gray, English poet and scholar (d. 1771)
  • 1716 – Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French soldier and philosopher (d. 1803)
  • 1723 – Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm, German-French author and playwright (d. 1807)
  • 1737 – Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (d. 1815)
  • 1751 – Lord George Gordon, English lieutenant and politician (d. 1793)
  • 1751 – Clemens Maria Hofbauer, Austrian priest, missionary, and saint (d. 1820)
  • 1769 – Ernst Moritz Arndt, German writer and poet (d. 1860)
  • 1780 – Mary Somerville, Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and author (d. 1872)
  • 1785 – Étienne Constantin de Gerlache, Belgian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1782 – Philaret Drozdov, Russian metropolitan and saint (d. 1867)
  • 1791 – Charles Babbage, English mathematician and engineer, invented the Difference engine (d. 1871)
  • 1803 – Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Estonian physician and author (d. 1882)
  • 1819 – E. D. E. N. Southworth, American author and educator (d. 1899)
  • 1820 – Dion Boucicault, Irish actor and playwright (d. 1890)
  • 1837 – Morgan Bulkeley, American soldier and politician, 54th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1922)
  • 1837 – George Dewey, American admiral (d. 1917)
  • 1852 – Johannes François Snelleman, Dutch zoologist, orientalist, and ethnographer (d. 1938)
  • 1853 – René Bazin, French author and academic (d. 1932)
  • 1854 – José Yves Limantour, Mexican financier and politician, Mexican Secretary of Finance (d. 1935)
  • 1859 – William Stephens, American lawyer and politician, 24th Governor of California (d. 1944)
  • 1863 – Charles Pathé, French record producer, co-founded Pathé Records (d. 1957)
  • 1864 – Yun Chi-ho, Korean activist and politician (d. 1945)
  • 1867 – Phan Bội Châu, Vietnamese activist (d. 1940)
  • 1869 – Mathieu Cordang, Dutch cyclist (d. 1942)
  • 1872 – Norman Angell, English journalist, academic, and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1873 – Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)
  • 1874 – Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, Bangladeshi theologian and academic (d. 1965)
  • 1883 – Maurice Utrillo, French painter (d. 1955)
  • 1885 – Bazoline Estelle Usher, African-American educator (d. 1992)
  • 1887 – Arthur Percival, English general (d. 1966)
  • 1888 – Marius Canard, French orientalist and historian (d. 1982)
  • 1890 – Konstantinos Georgakopoulos, Greek lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1973)
  • 1890 – Percy Hodge, English runner (d. 1967)
  • 1891 – Henry Miller, American author and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1892 – Don Barclay, American actor and illustrator (d. 1975)
  • 1893 – Mao Zedong, Chinese politician, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (d. 1976)
  • 1894 – Jean Toomer, American author and poet (d. 1967)
  • 1900 – Evelyn Bark, leading member of the British Red Cross, first female recipient of the CMG (d. 1993)
  • 1901 – Elmar Muuk, Estonian linguist and author (d. 1941)
  • 1902 – Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1980)
  • 1903 – Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1904 – Alejo Carpentier, Swiss-Cuban musicologist and author (d. 1980)
  • 1905 – William Loeb III, American publisher (d. 1981)
  • 1907 – Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1908 – Ralph Hill, American runner (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Matt Gordy, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)
  • 1910 – Imperio Argentina, Argentine-Spanish actress and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1910 – Marguerite Churchill, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1912 – Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician, Mayor of Manila (d. 1962)
  • 1913 – Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (d. 1958)
  • 1914 – Richard Widmark, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1915 – Rolf Botvid, Swedish actor and screenwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1918 – Olga Lopes-Seale, Guyanese-Barbadian singer and radio host (d. 2011)
  • 1918 – Georgios Rallis, Greek lieutenant and politician, 173rd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2006)
  • 1921 – Steve Allen, American actor, singer, talk show host, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1921 – John Severin, American illustrator (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Richard Mayes, English actor (d. 2006)
  • 1923 – Richard Artschwager, American painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Frank Broyles, American football player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2017)
  • 1926 – Earle Brown, American composer (d. 2002)
  • 1927 – Denis Gifford, English journalist and historian (d. 2000)
  • 1927 – Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Stu Miller, American baseball player (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Denis Quilley, English actor (d. 2003)
  • 1929 – Kathleen Crowley, American actress (d. 2017)
  • 1929 – Régine Zylberberg, Belgian-French singer and actress
  • 1930 – Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2010)
  • 1930 – Harry Gamble, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Donald Moffat, English-American actor (d. 2018)
  • 1933 – Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer and voice actor (d. 2019)
  • 1935 – Abdul “Duke” Fakir, American singer
  • 1935 – Rohan Kanhai, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1935 – Norm Ullman, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1936 – Peep Jänes, Estonian architect
  • 1936 – Trevor Taylor, English race car driver (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – John Horton Conway, English mathematician, known for Conway’s Game of Life (d. 2020)
  • 1938 – Bahram Beyzai, Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1938 – Robert Hamerton-Kelly, South African-American pastor, scholar, and author (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1989)
  • 1938 – Mirko Kovač, Yugoslav-Croatian author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1939 – Fred Schepisi, Australian director and screenwriter
  • 1939 – Phil Spector, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2021)
  • 1940 – Edward C. Prescott, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Ray Sadecki, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Daniel Schmid, Swiss actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1942 – Vinicio Cerezo, Guatemalan politician, 28th President of Guatemala
  • 1942 – Catherine Coulter, American author
  • 1942 – Gray Davis, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of California
  • 1944 – William Ayers, American academic and activist
  • 1945 – John Walsh, American television host, producer, and activist, created America’s Most Wanted
  • 1946 – Alan Frumin, American lawyer and politician
  • 1946 – Tiit Rosenberg, Estonian historian and academic
  • 1947 – James T. Conway, American general
  • 1947 – Jean Echenoz, French author
  • 1947 – Carlton Fisk, American baseball player
  • 1947 – Josef Janíček, Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player
  • 1947 – Richard Levis McCormick, American historian and academic
  • 1948 – Candy Crowley, American journalist
  • 1949 – José Ramos-Horta, East Timorese lawyer and politician, 2nd President of East Timor, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1950 – Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Pakistani businessman and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • 1950 – Mario Mendoza, Mexican baseball player and manager
  • 1953 – Leonel Fernández, Dominican lawyer and politician, 51st President of the Dominican Republic
  • 1953 – Makis Katsavakis, Greek footballer and manager
  • 1953 – Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Swedish-Estonian journalist and politician, 4th President of Estonia
  • 1953 – Henning Schmitz, German drummer
  • 1954 – Peter Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and philanthropist
  • 1954 – Ozzie Smith, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1955 – Evan Bayh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Indiana
  • 1956 – David Sedaris, American comedian, author, and radio host
  • 1957 – Dermot Murnaghan, English-Northern Irish journalist and game show host
  • 1958 – Adrian Newey, English aerodynamicist and engineer
  • 1959 – Kōji Morimoto, Japanese animator and director
  • 1959 – Hans Nielsen, Danish motorcycle racer
  • 1959 – Wang Lijun, Chinese police officer and politician
  • 1960 – Keith Martin Ball, American mathematician and academic
  • 1960 – Ruud Kaiser, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1960 – Jim Toomey, American cartoonist
  • 1960 – Cem Uzan, Turkish businessman and politician
  • 1961 – Andrew Lock, Australian mountaineer
  • 1961 – John Lynch, Northern Irish actor
  • 1962 – Mark Starr, English wrestler (d. 2013)
  • 1963 – Craig Teitzel, Australian rugby league player
  • 1963 – Lars Ulrich, Danish-American drummer, songwriter, and producer
  • 1964 – Elizabeth Kostova, American author
  • 1966 – Jay Farrar, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Tim Legler, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Jay Yuenger, American guitarist and producer
  • 1968 – Matt Zoller Seitz, American film critic and author
  • 1969 – Isaac Viciosa, Spanish runner
  • 1970 – James Mercer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1971 – Jared Leto, American actor and musician
  • 1971 – Mika Nurmela, Finnish footballer
  • 1971 – Tatiana Sorokko, Russian-American model and journalist
  • 1972 – Esteban Fuertes, Argentinian footballer
  • 1972 – Robert Muchamore, English author
  • 1973 – Paulo Frederico Benevenute, Brazilian footballer
  • 1973 – Gianluca Faliva, Italian rugby player
  • 1973 – Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1973 – Steve Prescott, English rugby player (d. 2013)
  • 1974 – Joshua John Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1975 – Chris Calaguio, Filipino basketball player
  • 1975 – Marcelo Ríos, Chilean tennis player
  • 1975 – María Vasco, Spanish race walker
  • 1976 – Simon Goodwin, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1977 – Fatih Akyel, Turkish footballer and manager
  • 1977 – Adrienn Hegedűs, Hungarian tennis player
  • 1978 – Karel Rüütli, Estonian lawyer and politician
  • 1978 – Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1979 – Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1979 – Chris Daughtry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
  • 1979 – Craig Wing, Australian rugby player
  • 1980 – Todd Dunivant, American soccer player
  • 1980 – Ceylan Ertem, Turkish singer
  • 1981 – Pablo Canavosio, Argentinian-Italian rugby player
  • 1981 – Nikolai Nikolaeff, Australian actor
  • 1982 – Kenneth Darby, American football player
  • 1982 – Noel Hunt, Irish footballer
  • 1982 – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian skier
  • 1983 – Yu Takahashi, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1983 – Alexander Wang, American fashion designer
  • 1984 – Ahmed Barusso, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1984 – Leonardo Ghiraldini, Italian rugby player
  • 1984 – Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker
  • 1985 – Beth Behrs, American actress
  • 1986 – Joe Alexander, American-Israeli basketball player
  • 1986 – Kit Harington, English actor
  • 1986 – Hugo Lloris, French footballer
  • 1986 – Selen Soyder, Turkish actress and beauty queen
  • 1989 – Yohan Blake, Jamaican sprinter
  • 1990 – Jon Bellion, American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer
  • 1990 – Andy Biersack, American singer-songwriter
  • 1990 – Denis Cheryshev, Russian footballer
  • 1990 – Aaron Ramsey, Welsh footballer
  • 1991 – Eden Sher, American actress
  • 1992 – Cecilia Costa Melgar, Chilean tennis player
  • 1992 – Jade Thirlwall, English singer
  • 1994 – Souleymane Coulibaly, Ivorian footballer
  • 1997 – Tamara Zidanšek, Slovenian tennis player
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Deaths

  • 268 – Dionysius, pope of the Catholic Church
  • 418 – Zosimus, pope of the Catholic Church
  • 831 – Euthymius of Sardis, Byzantine bishop and saint (b. 754)
  • 865 – Zheng, empress of the Tang Dynasty
  • 893 – Masrur al-Balkhi, Abbasid general
  • 1006 – Gao Qiong, Chinese general (b. 935)
  • 1191 – Reginald Fitz Jocelin, archbishop-elect of Canterbury
  • 1302 – Valdemar, king of Sweden (b. 1239)
  • 1331 – Philip I, Prince of Taranto, titular Latin Emperor (b. 1278)
  • 1350 – Jean de Marigny, French archbishop
  • 1352 – John, 3rd Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1330)
  • 1360 – Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent, English commander (b. 1314)
  • 1413 – Michele Steno, doge of Venice (b. 1331)
  • 1441 – Niccolò III d’Este, marquess of Ferrara
  • 1458 – Arthur III, duke of Brittany (b. 1393)
  • 1476 – Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan (b. 1444)
  • 1530 – Babur, Mughal emperor (b. 1483)
  • 1574 – Charles de Lorraine, French cardinal (b. 1524)
  • 1646 – Henri de Bourbon, prince of Condé (b. 1588)
  • 1731 – Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French author (b. 1672)
  • 1771 – Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher and activist (b. 1715)
  • 1780 – John Fothergill, English physician and botanist (b. 1712)
  • 1784 – Seth Warner, American colonel (b. 1743)
  • 1786 – Gasparo Gozzi, Italian playwright and critic (b. 1713)
  • 1863 – Francis Caulfeild, 2nd Earl of Charlemont, Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone (b. 1775)
  • 1869 – Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (b. 1797)
  • 1890 – Heinrich Schliemann, German-Italian archaeologist and author (b. 1822)
  • 1902 – Mary Hartwell Catherwood, American author and poet (b. 1849)
  • 1909 – Frederic Remington, American painter and illustrator (b. 1861)
  • 1923 – Dietrich Eckart, German journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1868)
  • 1925 – Jan Letzel, Czech architect, designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (b. 1880)
  • 1929 – Albert Giraud, Belgian poet (b. 1860)
  • 1931 – Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator, created the Dewey Decimal Classification (b. 1851)
  • 1933 – Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian journalist and politician (b. 1875)
  • 1933 – Henry Watson Fowler, English lexicographer and educator (b. 1858)
  • 1959 – Jack Tresadern, English footballer and manager (b. 1890)
  • 1960 – Tetsuro Watsuji, Japanese historian and philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1963 – Gorgeous George, American wrestler (b. 1915)
  • 1966 – Ina Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (b. 1875)
  • 1966 – Herbert Otto Gille, German general (b. 1897)
  • 1966 – Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (b. 1905)
  • 1968 – Weegee, Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (b. 1898)
  • 1970 – Lillian Board, South African-English runner (b. 1948)
  • 1972 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
  • 1973 – Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
  • 1974 – Farid al-Atrash, Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1974 – Jack Benny, American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, and violinist (b. 1894)
  • 1974 – Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Scottish admiral (b. 1890)
  • 1977 – Howard Hawks, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1980 – Tony Smith, American sculptor and educator (b. 1912)
  • 1981 – Amber Reeves, New Zealand-English author and scholar (b. 1887)
  • 1981 – Suat Hayri Ürgüplü, Turkish politician, Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1903)
  • 1981 – Savitri, Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer (b. 1936)
  • 1983 – Hans Liska, Austrian-German artist (b. 1907)
  • 1986 – Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1987 – Dorothy Bliss, American invertebrate zoologist, curator at the American Museum of Natural History (b. 1916)
  • 1988 – Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (b. 1907)
  • 1988 – Pablo Sorozábal, German-Spanish composer and conductor (b. 1897)
  • 1989 – Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 1990 – Gene Callahan, American art director and production designer (b. 1923)
  • 1994 – Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (b. 1933)
  • 1996 – JonBenét Ramsey, American child beauty queen and prominent unsolved murder victim (b. 1990)
  • 1997 – Cahit Arf, Turkish mathematician and academic (b. 1910)
  • 1997 – Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek economist and philosopher (b. 1922)
  • 1998 – Ram Swarup, Indian writer on Hindu philosophy and religion (b. 1920)
  • 1999 – Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
  • 1999 – Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian academic and politician, 9th President of India (b. 1918)
  • 2000 – Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2001 – Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 2002 – Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (b. 1952)
  • 2002 – Armand Zildjian, American businessman, founded the Avedis Zildjian Company (b. 1921)
  • 2003 – Virginia Coffey, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • 2004 – Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African surgeon and academic (b. 1959)
  • 2004 – Angus Ogilvy, English businessman (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Reggie White, American football player and wrestler (b. 1961)
  • Casualties of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami:
    • 2004 – Troy Broadbridge, Australian footballer (b. 1980)
    • 2004 – Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian saxophonist and composer (b. 1959)
    • 2004 – Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1974)
  • 2005 – Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Ted Ditchburn, English footballer and manager (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – Kerry Packer, Australian publisher and businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Viacheslav Platonov, Russian volleyball player and coach (b. 1939)
  • 2005 – Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2005 – Erich Topp, German commander (b. 1914)
  • 2006 – Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)
  • 2006 – Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier and engineer (b. 1951)
  • 2006 – Munir Niazi, Indian-Pakistani poet (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • 2010 – Salvador Jorge Blanco, 48th President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1926)
  • 2010 – Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2010 – Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1956)
  • 2011 – Houston Antwine, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 2011 – Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Mexican-American actor and producer (b. 1940)
  • 2011 – Sarekoppa Bangarappa, Indian politician, 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka (b. 1932)
  • 2011 – Joe Bodolai, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2011 – James Rizzi, American painter and illustrator (b. 1950)
  • 2012 – Gerry Anderson, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Gerald McDermott, American author and illustrator (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Ibrahim Tannous, Lebanese general (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Paul Blair, American baseball player and coach (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer (b. 1912)
  • 2014 – Stanisław Barańczak, Polish-American poet, critic, and scholar (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Leo Tindemans, Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Sidney Mintz, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Jim O’Toole, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2016 – Ricky Harris, American comedian, actor (b. 1962)
  • 2016 – George S. Irving, American actor, singer and dancer (b. 1922)
  • 2017 – Irv Weinstein, American broadcaster and television news anchor (b. 1930)
  • 2020 – Brodie Lee, American Professional Wrestler (b.1979)
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Holidays and observances

  • Boxing Day, except when December 26 is a Sunday. If it is a Sunday, Boxing Day is transferred to December 27 by Royal Proclamation. (Commonwealth of Nations), and its related observances:
    • Day of Good Will (South Africa and Namibia)
    • Family Day (Vanuatu)
    • Thanksgiving (Solomon Islands)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Abadiu of Antinoe (Coptic Church)
    • Earliest day on which Feast of the Holy Family can fall, celebrated on Sunday after Christmas or 30 if Christmas falls on a Sunday.
    • James the Just (Eastern Orthodox Church)
    • Stephen (Western Church)
    • Synaxis of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Church)
    • December 26 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Independence and Unity Day (Slovenia)
  • Mauro Hamza Day (Houston, Texas)
  • Mummer’s Day (Padstow, Cornwall)
  • St. Stephen’s Day (public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland), and its related observances:
    • Father’s Day (Bulgaria)
  • The first day of Kwanzaa, celebrated until January 1 (United States)
  • The first day of Junkanoo street parade, the second day is on the New Year’s Day (The Bahamas)
  • The second day of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)
    • Second day of Christmas (Public holiday in the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia)
  • Wren Day (Ireland and the Isle of Man)

  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on December 26
  • Today in Canadian History

December 26 Day, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of December (December 26 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic December 26 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

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