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 - Phil Spector
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1939: Music producer Phil Spector, the originator of the "Wall of Sound" production technique and a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound, is born in The Bronx, New York. Spector, who produced more than 25 Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965, was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California, home. He is serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life.


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