26th December

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2004 Tsunami kills over 10,000 A tsunami caused by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean kills over 10,000 in southern Asia.
1990 Ayatollah Khomeini upholds Rushdie fatwa Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini updholds the death sentence on Salman Rushdie as punishment for novel 'The Satanic Verses' which are seen as blasphemy.
1988 Clues discovered re Lockerbie crash A suitcase discovered in the wreckage of the Boeing 747 is sent for analysis to a goverment research centre amid speculation that the crash may have been caused by sabotage.
1979 Russian troops enter Afghanistan Russian troops enter Afghanistan in support of the new pro-soviet president Babrak Karmal.
1970 Lillian Board dies of cancer British Olympic medallist Lillian Board dies at the Munich University Hospital having lost her battle with a virulent form of cancer. She won European gold medals and an Olympic silver medal for athletics.
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