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On this day: December 26

Published On: Dec 24 2012 08:00:54 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 26 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Congress memorializes George Washington, Babe Ruth's contract is sold to the Yankees, Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time, and a killer tsunami rolls across the Indian Ocean, all on this day.

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1799: Congress holds a memorial service for President George Washington, with 4,000 people hearing Maj. Gen. Henry Lee, Washington's military protégé and a Virginia congressman, declare him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

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