On This Day 26 December

Important Days

Important Events

2004 – The 9.1–9.3 Mw  Indian Ocean earthquake shakes northern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed tsunamis follows, affecting the coastal areas of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; death toll is estimated at 227,898.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1955 – Evan Bayh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Indiana

Death/ Death Anniversary

1981 – Savitri, Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer (b. 1936)

1998 – Ram Swarup, Indian writer on Hindu philosophy and religion (b. 1920)

1999 – Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian academic and politician, 9th President of India (b. 1918)

2006 – Munir Niazi, Indian-Pakistani poet (b. 1928)

2011 – Sarekoppa Bangarappa, Indian politician, 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka (b. 1932)