About December 23

December 23, 2022 is the 357th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 30 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
  • 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.
  • 1914
    World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
  • 1921
    Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
  • 1940
    World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
  • 1941
    World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.
  • 1947
    The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
  • 1958
    Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world’s highest self-supporting iron tower.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia’s overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.
  • 2002
    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.
  • 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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