About December 23

December 23, 2021 is the 357th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 40 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
  • 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.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
  • 1936
    Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1936
    First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
  • 1938
    Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
  • 1941
    World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.
  • 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.
  • 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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