On this date in 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake. The death toll may have been between 46,000 and 85,000.
In 2000, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question persons who run at the sight of policemen.
In 1995, the daughter of Malcolm X was charged with conspiracy to murder Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
On Jan. 12, 1915, the United States House of Representatives rejected a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow women citizens to vote.
In the “Gadsden Purchase” of 1853, The United States of America bought 45,000 square miles of land from the United States of Mexico.
In 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established through the confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, and Transcaucasian Federation.
In 1972, U.S. President Nixon ordered a halt of heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
In 2006, three years and two weeks after his capture, Iraqi Saddam Hussein was hung until death.
On this date in 1979, Soviet forces assaulted Tajbeg Palace and killed Afghanistan’s President Hafizullah Amin, his 11-year-old son, and 150 others.
On December 26, 1941, weeks after the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy in Hawai’i, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the United States Congress, Supreme Court justices, and cabinet secretaries.
Regarding Japan, Churchill asked, “Is it possible that they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?” Regarding Germany he said, “With proper weapons and proper organization, we can beat the life out of the savage Nazi.”