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This Day in History for December 26 – Tsunami Engulfs Southeast Asia and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1946 – Mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opens The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (More info)

1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach (More info)

1966 – Jimi Hendrix writes his US breakthrough hit ‘Purple Haze,’ which goes on to define an entire musical era (More info)

1982 – For the first time, Time’s Person of the Year is a non-human: the personal computer (More info)

2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake sparks a deadly tsunami that kills over 230,000 people in Southeast Asia (More info)

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