Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

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.

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