On Your Birthday: December 26



1799 – Four thousand people attend George Washington’s funeral.

1865 – James H. Mason patents the coffee percolator.

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium.

1919 – Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees.

1933 – FM radio was patented.

1933 – The Nissan Motor Company was launched in Tokyo, Japan.

1982 – The Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine was a computer. It was the first time a non-human received the honors.

1986 – TV’s “Search for Tomorrow” aired for the last time on CBS. The show had been on the air for 35 years.

2002 – Andrew J. Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia claims his $314.9 million Powerball jackpot ($113.4 million after taxes).

2002 – The first cloned human baby was born.

2004 – Under the Indian Ocean, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent 500-mph waves across the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The tsunami killed at least 283,000 people in a dozen countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand and India.

2006 – The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, died at age 93 from complications due to pneumonia.



Donald Moffat 1930 – Actor (“The Right Stuff”, “Clear and Present Danger”, “The Thing”)

Abdul “Duke” Fakir 1935 – Singer (The Four Tops)

Phil Spector 1939 – Songwriter, record producer (Creator of “The Wall of Sound” considered himself as important as the artists he produced. In 2009, in his second trial, he was convicted of second degree murder for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. He is currently serving a 19 year to life sentence.)

John Walsh 1945 – TV host (TV’s “America’s Most Wanted”)

Lars Ulrich 1963 – Musician (Metallica)

Jared Leto 1971 – Actor (“Dallas Buyers Club”, “Chapter 27”, “Lord of War”, “Alexander”, “Panic Room”, “American Psycho”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “Fight Club”, TV’s “My So Called Life”)

Chris Daughtry 1979 – Singer (4th place finisher on TV’s “American Idol Season 5”)



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