Lost and Found – December 26th Edition

What to remember about December 26th…

  • 1610  Investigator for King Matthias discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing torture session of young girls; believed most prolific female serial killer and part inspiration for Vampire mythology
  • 1776  America’s 1st real victory; after bringing his army across the Delaware River at night, General Washington’s troops capture Trenton, NJ and nearly 1000 Hessian mercenaries
  • 1791  English mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage born (d. 1871); develops concept of programmable computer and father of  modern computer
  • 1862  4 volunteer nuns board USS Red Rover; 1st female nurses aboard U.S. Navy hospital ship; forerunners of Navy Nurses Corps
  • 1941  Winston Churchill is 1st foreign leader to address Congress
  • 1944  General George Patton turns his 3rd Army 90 degrees and races to Bastogne relieving the beleaguered 101st Airborne
  • 1956  Visionary automaker Preston Tucker dies (b. 1903); though unable to produce his dream car, his ideas change the industry
  • 1966  Holiday designed by California black studies professor Maulana Karenga is 1st celebrated; Kwanzaa is born from amalgamation of many nations harvest festivals
  • 1972  Former President Harry S. Truman dies (b.1884)
  • 1996  JonBenét Ramsey case switches gears when her body is found beaten and strangled in basement of her family home
  • 2004  Underwater earthquake spawns 500-mph Pacific tsunami that will leave 230,000 dead; effects felt from Sumatra to Somalia
  • 2006 Former President Gerald Ford dies at home California (b. 1913); only office holder never elected president or vice-president

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