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My daughter-in-law asked my grandson if he had seen Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Little Jimmy said, "No, but I heard what he said when he stubbed his toe on the sofa."

December 26th 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.

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 - #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.

December 26th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Henry Miller (1891)
Elisha Cook Jr (1903)
Richard Widmark (1914, d.2008)
Rosemary Woods (1917)
Steve Allen (1921, d.2000)
Richard Mayes (1922)
Alan King (1927)
Denis Quilley (1927)
Donald Moffat (1930)
Thomas Eden Brinkley (1931)
Thomas K van Brook (1931)
Ugly Dave Grey (1933)
Abdul "Duke" Fahir (1935)
Kitty Dukakis (1936)
Phil Spector (1939)
Daniel Schmid (1941)
Earl Cate (1942)
Jane Lapotaire (1944)
John Walsh (1945)
Gordon Edwards (1946)
Carlton Fisk (1947)
Joyce Jillson (1947)
Michael Jones (1950)
Victoria Racimo (1950)
Richard Skinner (1951)
John Scofield (1951)
Henning Schmitz (1953)
Peter Woods (1954)
David Sedaris (1956)
Koji Morimoto (1959)
Temuera Morrison (1960)
Tahnee Welch (1961)
John Lynch (1961)
Lar Ulrich (1963)
Colleen Dion (1964)
Sandra Taylor (1966)
James Mercer (1970)
Jared Leto (1971)
Jonathan Parisen (1971)
Reichen Lehmkuhl (1973)
Tiffany Brissette (1974)
Chris Daughtry (1979)
Beth Behrs (1985)
Steven Hartman (1985)
Zach Mills (1995)
On my Porsche I have a bumper sticker on it that says "See, I told you my other car was a Porsche."


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