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Today In History - December 23

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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:

Historical Events

  • 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

1 - Lincolnton Animal Hospital Jan 2019

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)

Famous Weddings

  • 1847 - Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore
  • 1951 - MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma
  • 1961 - Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton
  • 1979 - Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)
  • 1981 - Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter
  • 1997 - Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow
  • 2004 - CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
  • 2005 - Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2005 - "Are You Being Served?" actor John Inman (70) weds Ron Lynch at Westminster Register Office
  • 2005 - "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles
  • 2007 - "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

Famous Deaths

  • 1793 - Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (b. 1697)
  • 1970 - Charlie Ruggles, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 84
  • 1979 - Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • 1982 - Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2007 - Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (b. 1925)
  • 2009 - Robert L. Howard, highly decorated officer of the United States Army (b. 1939)

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