Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Dec. 26

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Dec. 26

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1799 Former President George Washington was eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

1908 Jack Johnson became the first African-American boxer to win the world heavyweight championship, defeating Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.

1939 The Duquesne Light Co. announced a $16 million program of expansion and construction in the Pittsburgh district.

1966 Kwanzaa was first celebrated.

1991 Chuck Noll retired after 20 years as the head coach of the Steelers, including four Super Bowl victories.

2011 Chicago police killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, a college student who an officer said was coming at him with a bat, and Bettie Jones, 55, a neighbor who police said was shot accidentally. …

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