On This Day: December 23rd

This is 357th day of the year and 8 days remain in the year.

in history
1783
George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army.
1788
Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the District of Columbia.
1823
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.
1913
President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the Federal Reserve System.
1947
The transistor was unveiled by American physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley.
1948
Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed.
1986
Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling aboard the experimental airplane Voyager.
December 23 Birthdays
Akihito 1933–, emperor of Japan
Yousuf Karshphotographer
Wesley K. Clarksoldier and political figure
Susan Lucciactor
Joseph Smithreligious leader
Sarah Breedlove Walkerbusinesswoman, philanthropist
Robert Blywriter
Harriet Monroeeditor, critic, and poet
James Dukeindustrialist
Richard Arkwrightinventor



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