It Happened On #90

Do any Boxing Day shopping? I didn’t

I did my shopping online. The best form of shopping

It happened on December 26 1973…The Exorcist, a horror film starring the actress Linda Blair as a girl possessed by an evil spirit, makes its debut in theatres. It would go on to earn a reputation as one of the scariest movies in history. The Exorcist was based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name, about the last sanctioned Catholic exorcism to take place in the United States, in the late 1940s. In the film, Blair played Regan, a sweet 12-year-old girl who begins suffering bouts of bizarre behaviour. When her concerned mother (Ellen Burstyn), contacts a priest, he recommends performing an exorcism. Max Von Sydow and Jason Miller played the two priests who eventually conduct the exorcism at the home where Regan is living in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.

Also on December 26 1908, Jack Johnson becomes the first African American to win the world heavyweight title when he knocks out Canadian Tommy Burns in the 14th round in a championship bout near Sydney, Australia. Johnson, who held the heavyweight title until 1915, was reviled by whites for his defiance of the “Jim Crow” racial conventions of early 20th-century America

Meanwhile, in Canada, on December 26 1991, Northwest Airlines buys 20 Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft from de Haviland, a divison of Boeing, for $190 million

Pretty boring stuff, especially in Canada. Oh well

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