On This Day in History for December 23
Events in History
- 438 The Theodosian Code of Roman laws proclaimed in the Western Empire (first law reforms since 295)
- 619 Boniface V begins his reign as Catholic Pope
- 962 Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under future Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist
- 1482 The Peace of Atrecht (now Arras) concluded between Louis XI of France and Maximilian of Austria, ending the War of the Burgundian Succession
- 1493 Georg Alt's German translation of Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle is published.
- 1588 "The Day of the Dagger" Henry, Duke of Guise, leader of the Catholic League is assassinated by the bodyguards of King Henry III at the Château de Blois
- 1620 French Huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII
- 1672 Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
- More Events in History
Weddings in History
- 1847 Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore
- 1977 Future President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (26) weds architect Jorge Dávalos
- 1981 Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter
More Weddings in History
December in History
Business a Rocky Road for Hansom Cab PioneerArchitect and inventor Joseph Hansom was a man of vision who somehow found it impossible to turn his great ideas into money-making ventures.
December 23, 1834
Assassination Attempt on Lord Charles HardingeAn assassination attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge (1858-1944) Viceroy of India, illustration from 'Le Petit Journal'
December 23, 1912
Sack of AleppoCapture of Aleppo by the Byzantines under Nikephoros II Phokas
December 23, 962 AD
Enter King John – England's Worst-Ever MonarchMost historians have difficulty finding a good word to say about King John who was born on this day and by general agreement ranks as England’s worst monarch.
December 24, 1167