This was 358th day of the year and 8 days remained in the year.

December 23 Birthdays

1933–, emperor of Japan

Richard Arkwright
inventor (1732)

Joseph Smith
religious leader (1805)

James Duke
industrialist (1856)

Harriet Monroe
editor, critic, and poet (1860)

Sarah Breedlove Walker
businesswoman, philanthropist (1867)

Yousuf Karsh
photographer (1908)

Robert Bly
writer (1926)

Wesley K. Clark
soldier and political figure (1944)

Susan Lucci
actor (1946)

December 23 in History


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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