Thursday, December 23, 2004

Today in History: December 23

Did you know that today in history:

Wilson signed the Act creating the Federal Reserve? (1913)

George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783, in the senate chamber of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, where the Continental Congress was then meeting?

And in:
1783
George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army.

1788
Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the District of Columbia.

1823
The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ("'Twas the night before Christmas"), written by either Clement C. Moore or Maj. Henry Livingston, Jr., was published in the Troy Sentinel of New York.

1947
The transistor was invented by American physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley.

1948
Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed.

1986
Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling aboard the experimental airplane Voyager.

What else happened this day in history? Prize for the first reader to ID the event and year in the comments section below:

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