Dec. 26 (UPI) -- On this date in history:
In 1776, American forces under Gen. George Washington, having crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night, defeated Hessian mercenary troops fighting for the British at the Battle of Trenton, N.J.
In 1966, the first Kwanzaa, created by Maulana Karenga, was observed. The seven-day holiday celebrates African and African-American history and culture.
In 1972, Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States, died at age 88.
In 1974, legendary comedian Jack Benny died of cancer. He was 80.
In 2003, more than 26,000 people were killed and thousands injured when an earthquake struck the ancient city of Bam in southeastern Iran.
In 2003, the death toll was reported at 135 after a Boeing 727 crash in the West African country of Benin.
In 2004, an earthquake-triggered tsunami raced across the Indian Ocean with 40-foot-high waves slamming into India, Thailand, Indonesia and several other countries, killing at least 225,000 people and leaving thousands injured. It was one of the world's worst natural disasters.
In 2010, a suicide explosion that killed at least 46 people at a U.N. food distribution point in Pakistan was set off by a teenage girl, an official reported.
In 2012, China opened the world's longest high-speed railway connecting Beijing to the southern city of Guangzhou.