Friday, December 23, 2016
History for December 23 - On-This-Day.com:
Joseph Smith 1805, Samuel Smiles 1812, Yousuf Karsh 1908
Susan Lucci 1946, Eddie Vedder 1964 - Musician, singer (Pearl Jam), Corey Haim 1971 - Actor
1788 - Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
1823 - The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore (" 'Twas the night before Christmas...") was published.
1888 - Following a quarrel with Paul Gauguin, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off part of his own earlobe.
1893 - The Engelbert Humperdinck opera "Hansel und Gretel" was first performed, in Weimar, Germany.
1913 - The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.
1941 - During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.
1947 - John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley invented the transistor.
1968 - The crew of the U.S. Navy ship, Pueblo, was released by North Korea. The Captain of the Pueblo, Commander Lloyd M. Bucher, and 82 of his crew were held for 11 months after the ship was seized by North Korea because of suspected spying by the Americans.