What Happened on December 23

Significant Events

  • 962 Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist
  • 1688 King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange
  • 1783 US General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress
  • 1888 Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping
  • 1920 Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
  • 1954 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
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Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history

On December 23, 1996

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