Bengaluru, Dec 26: Today is Friday, December 26, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:
1530: Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty, died.
1776: George Washington, the first president of the USA, defeated the Hessian mercenaries at Trenton.
1806: Nepoleon's army was checked by the Russian troops at the Battle of Pultusk.
1831: Educationist Hennry Louis Vivian Derozio died.
1904: India saw its first cross-country motor car race, inaugurated between Dehli and Bombay.
1917: US president Woodrow Wilson placed railroads under government control, as a wartime measure.
1925: Six US destroyers were ordered from Manila to China to protect interests in the civil war there.
1932: Over 70,000 people killed in a massive earthquake in China.
1943: The German battleship Scharnhorst was sunk by British ships.
1944: Soviet troops encircle Budapest in Hungary.
1953: The United States announced the withdrawal of two divisions from Korea.
1962: Eight East Berliners crashed through gates in an armor-plated bus to go to West Berlin.
1966: The first Kwanza, a seven-day African-American celebration of family and heritage, was celebrated.
1972: Former US president Harry S Truman died.
1979: The Soviet Union flew 5,000 troops to intervene in the Afghanistan conflict.
1982: Time magazine chose a personal computer as its "Man of the Year," the first non-human to get the award.
1991: The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union formally dissolved the Soviet Union.
1996: Workers in South Korea's automotive and shipbuilding industries began the largest labour strike in the history of that country.
1999: Windstorm Lothar hits central Europe, killing 137 and caused damage worth $1.3 billion (US dollars). It was followed by another windstorm Martin within 36 hours.
Former president Shankar Dayal Sharma died.
2004: A tsunami caused by a 9.3-magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,30,000 in several countries along the rim of the Indian Ocean.