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December 23rd History

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Daughter: "Mommy, why did Mrs. Santa Claus drive by on a tractor?"

Mommy: "Rain, dear"

December 23rd In Pop Culture History

Every December 3rd, 23 Thousand luminaries are lit and placed at the site of the Civil War battle of Antietam, to remember the lives lost over the course of 8 hours of fighting.

1823 - A Visit From St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was published. Clement Clarke Moore acknowledged authorship in 1837.

1888 - Suffering from severe depression, Vincent Van Gogh cut off the lower part of his left ear with a razor in Arles, France.

1913 - The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.

December 23, 19** Birthday (fictional) Billy and Mary Batson were born, Fawcett/DC Comics.

December 23, 1944 (fiction) Hellboy (Anug Un Rama) was summoned by Raspution, Hellboy, Comics

1947 - The transistor was first demonstrated by Walter H. Brattain and John Bardeen at Bell Laboratories.

1954 - Led by Dr. John P. Merrill, the first successful kidney transplant was carried out between identical twins at Peter Bent Hospital, Boston, Mass. The kidney was donated to Richard Herrick, 23, by his identical twin, Ronald.

1959 - Early rocker Chuck Berry was arrested for bringing a 14 year old girl from Mexico to Missouri.

1970 - The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York reached 1,368 feet, making it the tallest building in the world at that time.

1972 - NFL's "Immaculate Reception" - Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed a deflected pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw to score a touchdown, winning the game for the Steelers 13-7 over the Oakland Raiders.

December 23, 1979 Birthday (fictional) Peter Petrelli, Heroes, TV

1986 - Experimental aircraft Voyager landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the first nonstop flight, just over nine hours, around the globe on a single load of fuel.

1988 - Working Girl, Beaches, Dangerous Liaisons, The Accidental Tourist and Hellbound: Hellraiser II were released in theaters.

1989 - #1 Hit December 23, 1989 - January 19, 1990: Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

1989 - To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein and an international orchestra & chorus performed in Berlin a version of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, in which Freude (Joy) was changed to Freiheit (Freedom).

1992 - Scent of a Woman was released in theaters.

1994 - Legends of the Fall and Nobody's Fool were released in theaters.

1997 - As Good As It Gets was released in theaters.

2009 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel was released in theaters.

2011 - We Bought A Zoo was released in theaters.

December 23rd
Celebrity Birthdays

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Joesph Smith, Jr. (1805, d.1844)
Eric Blore (1887)
John Cromwell (1887)
Ann O'Neal (1893)
Fredi Carolyn Washington (1903)
Don McNeill (1907)
James Gregory (1911, d.2002)
Jose Greco (1918)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin (1921)
Bob Barker (1923)
James Stockdale (1923)
Ruth Roman (1923)
Harry Guardino (1925)
Chet Baker (1929, d.1988)
Ester Phillips (1935)
Frederic Forrest (1936)
James Stacy (1936)
Johnny Kidd (1939)
Eugene Record (1940)
Jorma Kaukonen (1940)
Elizabeth Hartman (1941, d.1987)
Tim Hardin (1941)
Ron Bushy (1941)
Derek Small (1943)
Harry Shearer (1943)
Peter Quaife (1943)
Tony Craig (1946)
Susan Lucci (1946)
Les Moonves (1948)
Adrian Belew (1949)
Johnny Contardo (1951)
John Callahan (1953)
Tatkami Fujinami (1953)
Dave Murray (1956)
Joan Severance (1958)
Victoria Williams (1958)
Eddie Vedder (1964)
Carla Bruni (1967)
Quincy Jones III (1968)
Martha Byrne (1970)
Corey Haim (1971, d.2010)
Tara Palmer (1971)
Sky Lopez (1975)
Jamie Noble (1976)
Jodie Marsh (1978)
Esthero (1979)
Estella Warren (1978)
Holly Madison (1979)
Summer Altice (1979)
Daryl Wein (1983)
Anna Maria Perez De Tagle (1990)
Veni, Vedi, Visa.
I Came. I Saw.
I Did a Little Shopping.


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