December 23 Events in History - December 23 Birthdays - December 23 Deaths
2014 Sony Pictures will release its controversial comedy, 'The Interview', about an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un; the film was canceled after hacking attacks and threats, but Sony now seeks a wide audience for the movie
2014 The Dow Jones Industrial Average sets a record at 18,024.17; the Dow has taken less than six months to climb from a value of 17,000 points
2013 Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle bearing his name, dies at his home in the city of Izhevsk at the age of 94
2012 Volcanic activity alerts are issued in Chile and Argentina, in areas near the Copahue volcano, after it started to spew ash
2012 The launch of a space satellite into space by North Korea is disputed by South Korean defense ministry, who claim it was a disguised test of a 10,000 km range missile
2011 The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip enters the hospital to treat a blocked coronary artery
2011 North Korea states is will accept all South Korean delegations who wish to pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il
2010 A male Algerian is fined by a court in Nice for insulting the French national flag; this was the first such penalty ever to be administered
2010 Some Greeks in the Greek Parliament protest sweeping cuts approved in the budget
1997 Chicago Bull's coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins
1997 Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals
1997 Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
1997 U.S. Agriculture Department estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18
1997 Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow
1996 4 women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
1994 Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players
1991 NY Daily News publisher Kevin Maxwell resigns
1990 "Lettice and Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 284 performances
1990 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
1987 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald R Ford escapes from Alderson Prison
1986 Rutan and Yeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling
1984 Viv Richards scores 208 in Test Cricket at MCG
1983 Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
1981 Boycott becomes leading run-scorer in Test Crickets with 8033
1980 Sam Shepard's "True West," premieres in New York City
1979 New York Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against New York Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
1975 Congress passes Metric Conversion Act
1975 Peter Seitz makes Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents
1974 "Good News" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 16 performances
1974 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjotakovitsj' Michelangelo-liederen
1973 "Young and Restless" premieres on TV
1973 6 Persian Gulf nations double their oil prices
1973 French Caravelle crashes in Morocco, 106 killed
1972 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
1972 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
1972 Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India vs. England at Delhi
1972 Islanders end 15 games winless streak
1972 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
1970 7,511th performance of Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" (record)
1970 French author Regis Debray freed in Bolivia
1970 NY World Trade Center reaches highest point (411 m)
1970 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1968 1st U.S. case of space motion sickness
1968 82 members of U.S. intelligence ship 'Pueblo' released by North Korea
1968 Borman, Lovell and Anders become 1st men to orbit Moon
1968 North Korea releases Pueblo crew
1967 Brussels: NATO-Council accept "Flexible Response"-strategy
1966 Britains rock TV show, "Ready Steady Go," last program
1964 India and Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
1963 Beach Boys 1st appearance on "Shindig"
1963 Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
1962 Cuba starts returning U.S. prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
1962 Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers 20-17 in AFL championship game
1961 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, California (IND) begins broadcasting
1961 Train accident in Italy, 70 die
1961 Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food and medical supplies
1960 De Quay's Dutch government falls
1960 King Saudi of Saudi-Arabia takes power
1958 "Party with Comden and Green" opens at John Golden New York City for 38 performances
1958 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco
1957 Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout and Bobby Simpson vs. South Africa
1953 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
1951 Last Belgian communities get electricity
1951 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
1947 Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley in Bell Labs
1946 Belgian Council of State forms
1946 Highest ridership in New York City subway history (8.8 million passengers)
1946 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne U, because they may use a black player in their basketball game
1945 Frederick Astons "Cinderella" premieres in London
1945 Pope Pius XII encyclical Orientals omnes, about Rutheense church
1944 Beginning of harsh winter
1943 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel and Gretel), Schenectady, New York
1943 General Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day
1942 Allies air attack on Den Helder
1941 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
1941 British troops overrun Benghazi Libya
1941 Japan begins assault on Rangoon Burma
1940 John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance," premieres in New York City
1939 Finnish counter offensive at Summa
1939 South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
1938 Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "Wizard of Oz"
1933 Howie Morenz takes over NHL career goal lead at 251
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe sentenced to death
1933 Train crash in Eastern Paris; 230 die
1930 Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in New York City
1928 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
1926 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
1925 Sultan Ibn Saud of Nedzjed conquers Djeddah
1923 Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000
1922 BBC Radio began daily newscasts
1922 Pope Pius XI pleas for peace: encyclical Ubi arcano
1920 Ireland divided into 2 parts, each with its own parliament
1920 King George V signs Home Rule Act
1919 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched
1919 Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace
1917 3 British warships come close to Holland
1915 J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie," premieres in New York City
1913 President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law
1912 1st "Keystone Kops" film, titled "Hoffmeyer's Legacy"
1912 Aswan Dam in Nile begins operation
1911 Frank Wedekind's "Oaha, die Satire der Satire," premieres in Munich
1911 Opera "I Giojelli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)
1909 Albert becomes king of Belgians
1907 1st all-steel passengar railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pa
1899 Field Marshal Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa
1899 Southampton: field marshal lord Roberts departures to South Africa
1899 Tentative Turkish and German treaty on construction of Baghdad railway
1894 Debussy's ballet "L'apres-midi d'un faune," premieres in Paris
1893 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" is produced (Weimar)
1888 Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear
1876 Turkey's 1st constitution proclaimed
1867 1st self-made millionairess (Sarah Breedlove-hair straightner)
1862 Union General Ben "Beast" Butler is proclaimed a "felon, outlaw and common enemy of mankind" by Jefferson Davis
1852 1st Chinese theater in U.S., Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
1834 Joseph Hansom of London receives patent for Hansom cabs
1832 Dutch troops in Antwerp surrender
1823 "Visit from St. Nicholas" by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel
1788 Maryland votes to cede a 10 mile area for District of Columbia
1783 Washington resigns as U.S. Army's commander-in-chief
1779 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
1776 Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France
1776 Thomas Paine writes "These are the times that try men's souls"
1751 France sets plan to tax clergymen
1728 Prussian Emperor Karel VI sign Treaty of Berlin
1724 Emperor Charles VI names Maria Elisabeth land guardian of Austria / Netherlands
1715 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
1690 John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered
1688 English king Jacob II flees to France
1672 Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
1620 French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII
1569 St. Philip of Moscow martyred by Ivan the Terrible
1482 Peace of Atrecht
619 Boniface V begins his reign as Catholic Pope