23 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Joseph Smith, 1805
  • Yousuf Karsh, 1908
  • José Greco, 1918
  • Helmut Schmidt, 1918
  • Ruth Roman, 1924
  • Harry Guardino, 1925
  • Crown Prince Akihito of Japan, 1933
  • Paul Hornung, 1935
  • Elizabeth Hartman, 1941
  • Susan Lucci, 1949
  • Eddie Vedder, 1965

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Ivo of Chartres, 1116
  • Charles Dana Gibson, 1944
  • Laurenti Beria executed, 1953
  • Lord Halifax, 1959
  • Charles Atlas, 1973
  • Peggy Guggenheim, 1979
  • Jack Webb, 1982
  • Ronnie Scott, 1996
  • Victor Borge, 2000
  • Oscar Peterson, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1617 - First penal colony in US established in Virginia.
  • 1672 - Moon of Saturn named Rhea discovered by Giovanni Cassini.
  • 1681 - Colonists repeal New England ban on Christmas celebrations after 22 years.
  • 1690 - American government floats first loan; Massachusetts Bay Colony issues tax certificates.
  • 1783 - George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of army and retires to Mt. Vernon, VA.
  • 1787 - HMS Bounty under Captain William Bligh, sets sail for the South Seas.
  • 1823 - Poem 'Visit from St. Nicholas' (The Night Before Christmas) published by author Clement Moore.
  • 1834 - John R. Morrison of Springfield, OH gets patent on bellows for smiths and furnace fires.
  • 1913 - Federal Reserve Bank in U.S. founded.
  • 1947 - Bardeen and Brattain first show new transistor to boss, William Shockley; 3 to win 1956 Nobel Prize.
  • 1953 - Comedian Mort Sahl makes stand-up debut at San Francisco nightclub Hungry i.
  • 1972 - 6.2 earthquake at Managua, Nicaragua kills 12,000.
  • 1986 - Voyager airplane flies nonstop around the world without refueling; Pilots Rutan and Yeager.
  • 1997 - Woody Allen, 62, marries Soon-Yi Previn, 27.
  • 2014 - Only five months after passing 17,000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slips over 18,000 for the first time in history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Thorlac

Holiday:

  • Emperor's birthday celebrated in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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