26 December 1860
On this date in 1860…
Federal Major Robert Anderson secretly moved his troops from Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, into Fort Sumter, aggravating the tense situation in Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia killed the Governor George William Smith and First National Bank of Virginia president Abraham B. Venable.
- 1863 – Federal raiders looted and burned Port Lavaca, Texas.
- 1908 – Texas boxer “Galveston Jack” Johnson knocked out Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia, becoming the first black boxer to win the world heavyweight title.
- 1944 – Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” was first performed publicly, at the Civic Theatre in Chicago.
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