12/23/2018 12:02:00 AM Today In History - December 23
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
Today in History in 1783 General George Washington resigned his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress; in 1888 Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off his left ear; and in 1938 while filming the “Wizard of Oz” actress Margaret Hamilton’s costume caught fire.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
962 - Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist.
1688 - King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange
1690 - English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered
1776 - Thomas Paine writes "These are the times that try men's souls"
1779 - Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
1783 - General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress
1793 - Thomas Jefferson warned of slave revolts in West Indies
1823 - "Visit from St Nicholas" by C. Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel
1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping
1913 - President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law
1914 - World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
1920 - Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
1930 - Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios
1938 - Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "Wizard of Oz"
1954 - The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
1987 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of Pres Gerald R Ford escapes from Alderson Prison
245 - Zenobia, Palmyra, Syria, Queen of Palmyra, (d. 274)
1805 - Joseph Smith Jr, Sharon Vermont, founder (Mormon Church), (d. 1844)
1867 - Madame C. J. Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul (Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), (d. 1919)
1921 - Gerald S O'Loughlin, actor (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York
1931 - Ronnie Schell, Richmond Cal, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World)
1943 - Harry Shearer, actor (SNL, Simpsons, Pure Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
1971 - Corey Haim, Toronto, actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive)
1847 - Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore
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