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December 26 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2015: Geneen Richard, a patient being transported from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to an area hospital, hijacked a Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service vehicle at gunpoint.
- 2007: Matt Murphy's radio program debuted at WAPI-AM.
- 2006: Sikes Shoe Company's Hoover location was closed.
- 1984: The Sheraton Perimeter Park South Hotel opened.
- 1956: Fred Shuttlesworth led hundreds of demonstrators onto Birmingham busses in defiance of local law. 22 were arrested and Shuttlesworth filed a federal lawsuit against the police.
- 1951: Bull Connor was arrested after being found in a hotel room with his secretary.
- 1940: Dedication ceremonies for Jefferson Hospital began.
- 1935: A Christmas tree started a fire that destroyed the Mercy Home Orphanage.
- 1927: After screening a movie there the day before, Paramount President Adolph Zukor proclaimed the Alabama Theatre to be "The Showplace of the South."
- 1823: Walker County was established.
- 1948: United Ability CEO Gary Edwards was born in Fort Payne, DeKalb County.
- 1937: Birmingham South Stars hockey coach Gene Ubriaco was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
- 1925: Architect Gordon Holmquist was born.
- 1920: Tuskegee Airman and engineer Alfred Farrar was born in Lynchburg, Virginia.
- 1868: Engineer James Dovel was born in Pickerington, Ohio.
- 1838: Court official James M. Ware was born in Elyton.
- 2021: Entomologist and sociobiologist E. O. Wilson died.
- 2019: Birmingham News photographer Ed Jones died.
- 2012: Drummer Mark Reynolds died.
- 1993: Pulmonologist A. H. Russakoff died.
- 1979: Former Birmingham city engineer A. J. Hawkins died.
- 1939: Engineer and developer Henry Milner died.