Friday, December 26, 1997
Consumers rushing to grab after-Christmas bargains makes this one of the busiest U.S. shopping days of the year.
On the horizon
On Saturday, December 27, National Football League wild-card playoff games are held.
On Monday, December 29, Kenya holds presidential and general elections.
On Tuesday, December 30, World Universities' Debating Championships will be held in Athens, Greece.
On Wednesday, December 31, Luxembourg relinquishes its six-month rotating presidency of the European Union.
On Thursday, January 1, Britain assumes presidency of the
On this day
In 1492, the first Spanish settlement in New World was founded by Columbus.
In 1773, tea ships were expelled from Philadelphia.
In 1848, the first gold seekers arrived in Panama en route to San Francisco.
In 1865, James Mason invented the first American coffee percolator.
In 1917, the federal government took over operation of American railroads for the duration of World War I.
In 1972, Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, died at 88.
In 1973, Soyuz 13 returned to Earth.
In 1997, JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found murdered in her Boulder, Colorado, home.
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Holidays and more
It is Boxing Day in Britain and British territories.
Ireland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland and Italy celebrate St. Stephen's Day.
It is Family Day in Namibia and Vanuatu.
It is Independence Day in Slovenia.
It is a national Day of Thanksgiving in the Solomon Islands.
South Africa celebrates a Day of Goodwill.
It is a Public Holiday in Zimbabwe.
Comedian Alan King is 70.
Music producer Phil Spector is 57.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan