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December 23 - Today in History
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Dec 23, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0558 - Childebert, king of France (511-58), dies at about 62
0619 - Boniface V begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0679 - Dagobert II, king of Austrasia (676-679), murdered
0918 - Conrad I, East Frankish/German king (911-18), dies
1482 - Peace of Atrecht
1569 - St Philip of Moscow martyred by Ivan the Terrible
1620 - French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII
1672 - Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
1688 - English king Jacob II flees to France
1690 - John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered
1715 - Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
1724 - Emperor Charles VI names Maria Elisabeth land guardian of Australian Netherland
1728 - Prussian Emperor Karel VI sign Treaty of Berlin
1751 - France sets plan to tax clergymen
1776 - Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France
1776 - Thomas Paine writes "These are the times that try men's souls"
1779 - Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
1783 - Washington resigns as US Army's commander-in-chief
1788 - Maryland votes to cede a 100 square-mile area for Dist of Columbia
1793 - Thomas Jefferson warned of slave revolts in West Indies
1823 - "Visit from St Nicholas" by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel
1832 - Dutch troops in Antwerp surrender
1834 - Joseph Hansom of London receives patent for Hansom cabs
1852 - 1st Chinese theater in US, Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
1862 - Union General Ben "Beast" Butler is proclaimed a "felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind" by Jefferson Davis
1867 - 1st self-made millionairess (Sarah Breedlove-hair straightner)
1876 - Turkey's 1st constitution proclaimed
1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear
1899 - Fieldmarshal Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa
1899 - Tentative Turkish & German treaty on construction of Baghdad railway
1907 - 1st all-steel passengar railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pennsylvania
1909 - Albert becomes king of Belgians
1912 - 1st "Keystone Kops" film, titled "Hoffmeyer's Legacy"
1912 - Aswan Dam in Nile begins operation
1913 - President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law
1917 - 3 British warships come close to Holland
1919 - 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched
1919 - Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace
1920 - Ireland divided into 2 parts, each with its own parliament
1920 - King George V signs Home Rule Act
1922 - BBC Radio began daily newscasts
1922 - Pope Pius XI pleas for peace: encyclical Ubi arcano
1923 - Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000
1925 - Sultan Ibn Saud of Nedzjed conquers Djeddah
1928 - NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
1930 - Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios
1930 - Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC
1933 - Howie Morenz takes over NHL career goal lead at 251
1933 - Marinus van der Lubbe sentenced to death
1933 - Train crash in Eastern Paris; 230 die
1938 - Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "Wizard of Oz"
1939 - Finnish counter offensive at Summa
1939 - South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
1941 - American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
1941 - British troops overrun Benghazi Libya
1941 - Japan begins assault on Rangoon Burma
1942 - Allies air attack on Den Helder
1943 - 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY
1943 - General Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day
1944 - Beginning of harsh winter
1945 - Pope Pius XII encyclical Orientals omnes, about Rutheense church
1946 - Belgian Council of State forms
1946 - Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)
1946 - U of Tenn refuses to play Duquesne U, because they may use a black player in their basketball game
1947 - Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain & Shockley in Bell Labs
1948 - Hideki Tojo, Japan PM (1941-44) & 6 Japs, hanged for war crimes at 64
1951 - Last Belgian communities get electricity
1951 - 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleve Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
1953 - Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
1958 - Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco
1960 - De Quay's Dutch government falls
1960 - King Saudi of Saudi-Arabia takes power
1961 - Train accident in Italy, 70 die
1961 - Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies
1962 - Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
1962 - Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers 20-17 in AFL championship game
1963 - Beach Boys 1st appearance on "Shindig"
1963 - Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
1964 - India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
1967 - Brussels: NATO-Council accept "Flexible Response"-strategy
1968 - 1st US case of space motion sickness
1968 - 82 members of US intelligence ship `Pueblo' released by North Korea
1968 - Borman, Lovell & Anders become 1st men to orbit moon
1968 - North Korea releases Pueblo crew
1970 - French author Regis Debray freed in Bolivia
1970 - NY World Trade Center reaches highest point (411 m)
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test
1972 - Charles Atlas, [Angelo Siciliano], body builder, dies at 79
1972 - 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
1972 - 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
1972 - Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
1972 - Islanders end 15 games winless streak
1972 - "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
1973 - "Young & Restless" premieres on TV
1973 - 6 Persian Gulf nations double their oil prices
1973 - French Caravelle crashes in Morocco, 106 killed
1974 - Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjotakovitsj' Michelangelo-liederen
1975 - Congress passes Metric Conversion Act
1975 - Peter Seitz makes Andy Messersmith & Dave McNally free agents
1978 - Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
1979 - NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1983 - Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
1986 - Rutan & Yeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling
1987 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald R Ford escapes from Alderson Prison
1990 - Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
1991 - NY Daily News publisher Kevin Maxwell resigns
1994 - Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players
1996 - 4 women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
1997 - Chicago Bull coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)
1997 - Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals
1997 - Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma City bombing
1997 - US Agriculture Dept estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18
1997 - Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow

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