26th December : Today in History : What happened today on 26th December?
The events happened on 26th December are :
2004 : Indian Ocean tsunami : On this day in 2004, a large earthquake shook the Indian Ocean floor west of the island of Sumatra, triggering a devastating tsunami that swamped coastal areas from Thailand to Africa and killed more than 200,000 people.
Today : Boxing Day is celebrated as a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
1943 : The German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was sunk by the British battleship Duke of York during World War II.
1893 : Mao Zedong, chairman of the People's Republic of China, was born.
1805 : Napoleon enforced harsh penalties on Austria with the signing of the Treaty of Pressburg.
1647 : Charles I and the Scots reached a secret agreement, whereby the Scots offered to support the king's restoration to power in return for his acceptance of Presbyterianism in Scotland and its establishment in England for three years.