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 This day in History - December 26
359 Historic Events for December 26
1976

"Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances

Event
1977

Howard Hawks, director (Rio Lobo, Hatari!), dies at 81

Death
1977

Brandee Layne Loving, Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1996)

Birth
1977

Ivan Rezak, composer, dies at 53

Death
1977

USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event
1978

India's former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail

Event
1980

Serena Phillips, Corvallis Ore, figure skater (1997 Pruetten champ)

Birth
1981

One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Aust v WI

Event
1982

TIME's Man of the Year is a computer

Event
1982

USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event
1983

Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan MCG

Event
1983

USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event
1984

Belgian princess Astrid marries arch duke Otto L van Austrian-Este

Event
1985

Dian Fossey, zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered at 53

Death
1985

Steven Hartman, Westlake CA, actor (Rick Forrester-Bold and Beautiful)

Birth
1985

Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG

Event
1986

Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84

Death
1986

Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed

Event
1986

Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games

Event
1986

TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run

Event
1987

"Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik

Event
1988

Anti African student rebellion in China PR

Event
1988

"Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances

Event
1988

John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90

Death
1989

ODI debut for Mark Taylor and Sanath Jayasuriya at cricket MCG

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