on this day in history on 26th december

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1972: Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins award for best European football.

1976: AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-7.

1978: India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is released from jail.

1986: Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone.

1989: ODI cricket debut for Australia's Mark Taylor and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya at the MCG.

1990: Garry Kasparov defeats fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov to retain the world chess championship.

1991: Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Joe Mullen scores 4 goals for the second straight NHL game.

1991: Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction.

2004: 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia.

2006: Spin bowling great Shane Warne becomes first bowler in Test cricket history to take 700 wickets.

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