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 Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends 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
More Historical Events

December 23 in Film & TV

  • 1928 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
  • 1951 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game

December 23 in Music

  • 1893 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette premieres in Weimar, conducted by Richard Strauss

December 23 in Sport

  • 1951 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game

Did You Know?

Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history

On December 23, 1996


Would You Believe?

A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.

On December 23, 2002

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