About December 23

December 23, 2024 is the 358th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 37 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 23

  • 962
    Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo
  • 1572
    Theologian Johann Sylvan executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs
  • 1688
    As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England flees England to Paris after being deposed in favour of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.
  • 1783
    George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • 1793
    The Battle of Savenay, decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in Revolt in the Vendée during the French Revolution.
  • 1823
    A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.
  • 1893
    The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
  • 1913
    The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.
  • 1919
    Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the UK.
  • 1921
    Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
  • 1936
    First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
  • 1941
    World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.
  • 1968
    The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
  • 1970
    The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
  • 1972
    A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
  • 1972
    The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
  • 1979
    Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.
  • 1986
    Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
  • 2003
    PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
  • 2007
    An agreement is made for the monarchy of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.

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