On this day: December 26

Published On: Dec 24 2012 07:00:54 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 26 2013 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 - Nigel Hawthorne
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2001: Actor Nigel Hawthorne, who earned an Academy Award nomination for 1994's "The Madness of King George" (pictured), dies of a heart attack at age 72 in Radwell, Hertfordshire, England. Hawthorne was also well known for his BAFTA-winning role in the 1980s British sitcom "Yes Minister" and its sequel, "Yes, Prime Minister."

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