On this day: December 26

Published On: Dec 24 2012 07:00:54 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 26 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

Congress memorializes George Washington, Babe Ruth's contract is sold to the Yankees, Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time, and a killer tsunami rolls across the Indian Ocean, all on this day.

OTD December 26 - Steve Allen
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1921: Comedian, author and composer Steve Allen, best known as the first host of "The Tonight Show," is born in New York City. Allen, who hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1954 to 1957 and went on to host the prime-time variety show "The Steve Allen Show," died of a massive heart attack at age 78 on Oct. 30, 2000.

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