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DECEMBER 26

1792 Charles Babbage (English Mathematician Who Designed and Built the First Forerunners to the Modern Digital Computer) Charles Babbage Mathematics Inventors and Inventions Computer History
1861 Emil Wiechert (German Pioneer in the Science of Seismology) German Scientists & Mathematicians) Earthquakes USGS
1926 Martin Cooper (Chicago-born Inventor of the Cell Phone) Martin Cooper) Cell Phone Inventiors & Inventions
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1890 Pete French (Eastern Oregon Cattle Baron: Shot and Killed) Oregon Business Leaders Farming & Agrciulture Gun Control SalemOregon.com
1970 Lillian Board (22-year-old English Track and Field Champion) English Sports Figures Cancer Track & Field 1968 Summer Olympics BBC
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1835 The State of Georgia Prohibits the Use of Slaves in the Mixing and Dispensing of Any Drug or Medicine Georgia Government Slavery Medicine Law & Legal Resources University of Georgia
1864 President Lincoln Telegraphs Congratulations to General Sherman on His Capture of Savannah, Georgia Savannah, Georgia General Sherman President Abraham Lincoln Telegraph American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1865 James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts Receives a Patent for a Coffee Percolator Massachusetts Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks New York Times
1870 In Canada, a 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Has Its Epicenter Between Montreal and Quebec Canada Earthquake USGS
1886 Tacoma Light and Water Co. Illuminates the City's Streets for the First Time Tacoma, Washington Electricity Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1933 The Nissan Motor Company Is Organized in Tokyo Under the Name Dat Jidosha Seizo Co. Tokyo, Japan Automotives Nissan History Channel
New York Radio Pioneer, Edwin Armstrong, Is Granted a Patent for a Two-Path FM Radio New York Scientists & Inventors Radio Inventoors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks USPTO
1947 New York City Is Buried Under 25.8" of Snow in 16 Hours; 80 People Die New York City Snow Death New York Times
1986 8.3 Magnitude Earthquake Has Its Epicenter Located in New Zealand's Kermadec Islands Region New Zealand Earthquake USGS
2004 Second-most Powerful Earthquake Ever Recorded Triggers a Tsunami Leaving 230,000 Dead in 7 Countries Bangladesh India Indonesia Malaysia Maldives Sri Lanka Thailand Earthquakes 2004 Tsunami Death History Channel BBC

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