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 - Howard Hawks
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1977: Film director and writer Howard Hawks, best known for films such as "Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday," "Sergeant York," "To Have and Have Not," "The Big Sleep," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Rio Bravo," dies at the age of 81 in Palm Springs, Calif., from complications of a fall several weeks earlier. He's seen here with Lauren Bacall in 1943.

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