December 23


George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army.


Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the District of Columbia.


The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ("'Twas the night before Christmas"), written by either Clement C. Moore or Maj. Henry Livingston, Jr., was published in the Troy Sentinel of New York.


President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the Federal Reserve System.


The transistor was unveiled by American physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley.


Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed.


Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling aboard the experimental airplane Voyager.

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