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December 23rd Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 24, 2009, 05:19:17 am »

Wednesday, December 23rd
The 357th day of 2009.
There are 8 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlights in History

   
   On Dec. 23, 1986, the experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 23, 1867, Sarah Breedlove Walker, the American businesswoman and philanthropist considered to be the first black female millionaire , was born. Following her death on May 25, 1919, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   
   On December 23, 1871, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
On this date in:

1783    George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va.

1788    Maryland passed an act to cede an area "not exceeding ten miles square" 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 was first published, in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel.

1941    American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.

1948    Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo.

1968    Eighty-two crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.

1972    The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second touchdown catch by Franco Harris that was dubbed the "immaculate reception."

1995    A fire in Dabwali, India, killed 540 people, including 170 children, during a year-end party being held near the children's school.

1997    A jury in Denver convicted Terry Nichols of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

2003    The government announced the first suspected case of mad cow disease in United States.

2003    A jury in Chesapeake, Va., sentenced teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison, sparing him the death penalty.

2003    New York Gov. George Pataki pardoned the late comedian Lenny Bruce for his 1964 obscenity conviction.

2004    Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded guilty to a corruption charge. (He was later sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.)

Current Birthdays

Eddie Vedder turns 45 years old today.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) turns 45 years old today.


88    Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Actor

85    Bob Kurland
Basketball Hall of Famer

78    Ronnie Schell
Actor

76    Akihito
Emperor of Japan

74    Paul Hornung
Football Hall of Famer

73    Frederic Forrest
Actor

73    James Stacy
Actor

69    Jorma Kaukonen
Rock musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)

68    Ron Bushy
Rock musician (Iron Butterfly)

66    Harry Shearer
Actor, comedian ("The Simpsons")

63    Susan Lucci
Actress ("All My Children")

61    Jack Ham
Football Hall of Famer

60    Adrian Belew
Rock musician, producer

51    Dave Murray
Rock musician (Iron Maiden)

51    Joan Severance
Actress

38    Corey Haim
Actor

34    Jamie Murphy
Rock musician

32    Alge Crumpler
Football player

32    Irvin Mayfield
Jazz trumpeter

31    Estella Warren
Actress

26    Hanley Ramirez
Baseball player

19    Anna Maria Perez de Tagle
Actress ("Hannah Montana," "Camp Rock")

Historic Birthdays

Sarah Breedlove Walker

12/23/1867 - 5/25/1919
American philanthropist
(Go to obit.)

41    Robert Barclay
12/23/1648 - 10/3/1690
English-born American Quaker leader

71    James Gibbs
12/23/1682 - 8/5/1754
Scottish architect

41    Jean-Francois Champollion
12/23/1790 - 3/4/1832
French historian and linguist

38    Joseph Smith
12/23/1805 - 6/27/1844
American founder of the Mormon Church

75    Oscar Solomon Straus
12/23/1850 - 5/3/1926
American member of President Wilson's cabinet

68    James Buchanan Duke
12/23/1856 - 10/10/1925
American tobacco magnate

84    Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko
12/23/1858 - 4/25/1943
Russian playwright

76    Emil Brunner
12/23/1889 - 4/6/1966
Swiss theologian


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