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December 23 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 23. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 39 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 484
    Huneric dies and is succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund, who becomes king of the Vandals. During his reign Christians are protected from persecution.
  • 558
    Chlothar I is crowned King of the Franks.
  • 562
    Hagia Sophia in Constantinople reopened with a rebuilt dome after a series of earthquakes caused the original to collapse.
  • 583
    Maya queen Yohl Ik'nal is crowned ruler of Palenque.
  • 679
    King Dagobert II is murdered while hunting.
  • 962
    Arab–Byzantine wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo.
  • 1572
    Theologian Johann Sylvan is executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.
  • 1688
    As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England flees from England to Paris, France after being deposed in favor of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.
  • 1783
    George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • 1793
    The Battle of Savenay: a decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in War in the Vendée during the French Revolution.
  • 1823
    A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.
  • 1876
    First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
  • 1893
    The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
  • 1913
    The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.
  • 1914
    World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
  • 1919
    Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.
  • 1921
    Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
  • 1936
    Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1938
    Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
  • 1940
    World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (Y-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
  • 1941
    World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupies Wake Island.
  • 1947
    The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
  • 1948
    Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1954
    First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
  • 1958
    Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world’s highest self-supporting iron tower.
  • 1968
    The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
  • 1970
    The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1368 ft, making it the tallest building in the world.
  • 1970
    The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a single-party state.
  • 1972
    A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.

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