On this day: December 26

POSTED: 05:00 PM PST Dec 24, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 25, 2015 

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.

OTD December 26 - Jack Benny
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1974: Comedian Jack Benny, best known for his show, "The Jack Benny Program," which ran on radio and TV for more than three decades and was a major influence on the sitcom genre, dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 in Beverly Hills, California. He's seen here in 1960 with his wife, Mary Livingstone.


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