On This Day

On This Day in History for December 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

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1987 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1990 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
  • 1991 NY Daily News publisher Kevin Maxwell resigns

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1994 Fearing arrest by the FBI, Whitey Bulger flees Boston, and successfully hides from law enforcement for the next 16 years

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
  • 1996 Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
  • 1997 Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • 1997 US Agriculture Department estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18
  • 1997 A Channukah candle is officially lighted in Vatican City for the 1st time to celebrate Hanukkah and to reconcile Roman Catholics and Jews [1]
  • 2002 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and a modern unmanned drone had engaged in combat
  • 2003 PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
  • 2004 Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
  • 2005 Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.
  • 2005 Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead
  • 2012 200 civilians are killed by Syrian government warplanes in Helfaya, Syria
  • 2012 The Seleka rebel coalition takes over Bambari, the third largest town in the Central African Republic
  • 2016 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention.

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