TODAY IN HISTORY
On Dec. 26, 1893, Chinese leader Mao Zedong was born in Hunan province.
In 1917, during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation authorizing the government to take over the nation’s railroads.
In 1944, Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” was first performed at the Civic Theatre in Chicago.
In 1947, heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 26.4 inches of snow.
In 1985, Ford Motor Company began selling its Taurus and Sable sedans and station wagons.
In 2004, more than 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, were killed by a 100-foot-high tsunami.
In 2006, former President Gerald R. Ford died in California at age 93.