Today in History, English
Today in History, English

144121December 23Event1916 – World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
144122December 23Event1919 – Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.
144123December 23Event1921 – Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
144124December 23Event1936 – Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
144125December 23Event1938 – Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
144126December 23Event1940 – World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (Y-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
144127December 23Event1941 – World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupies Wake Island.
144128December 23Event1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
144129December 23Event1948 – Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, Japan.
144130December 23Event1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
144131December 23Event1958 – Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world's highest self-supporting iron tower.
144132December 23Event1968 – The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
144133December 23Event1970 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
144134December 23Event1970 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a single-party state.
144135December 23Event1972 – A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
144136December 23Event1972 – The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
144137December 23Event1979 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet Union forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.
144138December 23Event1982 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
144139December 23Event1986 – 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.
144140December 23Event1990 – History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia's overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.
144141December 23Event2002 – An MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25.
144142December 23Event2003 – PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
144143December 23Event2007 – An agreement is made for the Kingdom of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.
144144December 23Event2010 – A monsoonal trough crosses the northeastern coast of Australia from the Coral Sea, bringing mass flooding across Queensland.
144145December 23Birth1173 – Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)
144146December 23Birth1513 – Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)
144147December 23Birth1582 – Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (d. 1663)
144148December 23Birth1597 – Martin Opitz, German poet and composer (d. 1639)
144149December 23Birth1613 – Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish field marshal and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1676)
144150December 23Birth1621 – Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English politician, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)

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