DECEMBER 26 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1871 – Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated for the first time on 26th December 1871, on their lost opera, Thespis.

1933 ~ Ugly Dave Gray the English-Australian comedian and actor was born on 26th December 1933.

1939 – Phil Spector the American singer-songwriter and producer was born on 26th December 1939.

1941Johnny Chester the Australian singer-songwriter was born John Howard Chester on the 26th December 1941. Johnny Chester started his career in 1959 singing rock’n’roll, and in 1969 changed to country music. Johnny has toured nationally with The BeatlesRoy OrbisonThe Everly BrothersKenny RogersJohnny CashTammy Wynette and Charley Pride. Johnny Chester has also worked as a radio announcer on 3UZ and Radio Australia, and hosted TV shows such as Teen Time on Ten (Channel 10 Gippsland), Teen Scene (ABC TV) and Country Road (ABC TV). Johnny Chester has won Golden Guitars at the Country Music Awards of Australia for best selling track in 1975, and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

1963 ~ Lars Ulrich the Danish-American drummer and songwriter from Metallica was born on 26th December 1963.

1971 – Jared Leto the American singer-songwriter from 30 Seconds to Mars was born on 26th December 1971.

1982 – Time‘s Man of the Year is the personal computer on 26th December 1982, the first time a non-human has been on the cover.

2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami on 26th December 2004, causing devastation in Sri LankaIndiaIndonesiaThailandMalaysia, the Maldives and other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people including.

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