Today is Boxing Day (St. Stephen's Day) and citizens of the British Commonwealth celebrate by putting on trunks and gloves to beat each other bloody silly.
Another reason to appreciate the American Revolution - a peaceful December 26th.
If you are starting your Christmas shopping for next year, you're either way ahead of the curve or cheap.
Tonight's the first night of Kwanzaa.
Tonight celebrates Umoja (Unity) To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Here's an abbreviated Today in History - I have to run out and finish my pre-Christmas shopping (That's my story and I'm sticking with it.)
December 26, 1776 -
American forces under Gen. George Washington, having crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night, defeated Hessian mercenary troops fighting for the British at the Battle of Trenton, N.J.
Apparently, Washington was trying to beat the toll.
On this day in 1913, the author of the short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical dictionary, The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce disappeared into Mexico while traveling with the army of rebel Pancho Villa. In one of his final letters, the 71-year-old Bierce wrote to his niece, Lora,
Good-bye — if you hear of my being stood up against a Mexican stone wall and shot to rags please know that I think that a pretty good way to depart this life. It beats old age, disease, or falling down the cellar stairs. To be a Gringo in Mexico—ah, that is euthanasia!
December 26, 1919 -
Red Sox owner and Broadway Producer, Harry Frazee believes he has solved one of his many headaches when he sells, an overweight, drunk, whoremongering baseball player to the New York Yankees.
December 26, 1967 -
The Beatles give their fans a Christmas present - Magical Mystery Tour was shown on the BBC on this date.
The film was broadcast in black and white, although the film was shot in color. The British public's reaction to the film was scathing.
December 26, 1973 -
Here was a great way to celebrate the holidays, The Exorcist, premiered in the US on this date.
The original teaser trailer, which consisted of nothing but images of the white-faced demon quickly flashing in and out of darkness, was banned in many theaters, as it was deemed "too frightening".
And so it goes.