Daily Archives: December 26, 2011

Lincoln frees British diplomats, averts war between U.S. and Britain 150 years ago today (1861)

(Thursday, December 26, 1861) — Confederate diplomatic envoys James Mason and John Slidell were freed by President Abraham Lincoln today, heading off a possible war between the United States and Great Britain.

The two men were arrested after the USS San Jacinto intercepted the British mail packet RMS Trent near the Bahamas on November 8, 1861, as they were headed to London to lobby for recognition of the Confederacy, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US known as the Trent Affair during the American Civil War. Continue reading Lincoln frees British diplomats, averts war between U.S. and Britain 150 years ago today (1861)

Churchill addresses Congress, warns of dark days but holds victory is certain 70 years ago today (1941)

(Friday, December 26, 1941, 12:30 p.m. EST) — Winston Churchill, the first wartime Prime Minister of Great Britain ever to address the Congress of the United States, told that body today that anti-Axis forces probably will be able to undertake a world-wide offensive in 1943 and in the end give the Axis powers a lesson the world “will never forget.” Continue reading Churchill addresses Congress, warns of dark days but holds victory is certain 70 years ago today (1941)