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December 23rd, 2005 (December 23 2005)EventAzerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.
December 23rd, 2005 (December 23 2005)EventChad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adre, which left about 100 people dead.
December 23rd, 2004 (December 23 2004)EventMacquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
December 23rd, 2003 (December 23 2003)EventPetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
December 23rd, 2002 (December 23 2002)EventA MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
December 23rd, 1990 (December 23 1990)EventHistory of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88% of Slovenia s population vote for independence from Yugoslavia.
December 23rd, 1986 (December 23 1986)EventVoyager, 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.
December 23rd, 1982 (December 23 1982)EventThe United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
December 23rd, 1979 (December 23 1979)EventSoviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.
December 23rd, 1972 (December 23 1972)EventThe Nicaraguan capital of Managua is struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, killing more than 10,000.
December 23rd, 1972 (December 23 1972)EventThe 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
December 23rd, 1968 (December 23 1968)EventThe United States won the release of 82 sailors by issuing a writing apology to North Korea for spying on the Communist country.
December 23rd, 1958 (December 23 1958)EventDedication of Tokyo Tower, world s highest self-supporting iron tower.
December 23rd, 1954 (December 23 1954)EventThe first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.Al Murray Quotes
December 23rd, 1948 (December 23 1948)EventSeven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.
December 23rd, 1947 (December 23 1947)EventThe transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
December 23rd, 1941 (December 23 1941)EventWorld War II: Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.
December 23rd, 1940 (December 23 1940)EventWorld War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (?-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
December 23rd, 1938 (December 23 1938)EventDiscovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
December 23rd, 1937 (December 23 1937)EventFirst flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
December 23rd, 1936 (December 23 1936)EventColombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
December 23rd, 1921 (December 23 1921)EventVisva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
December 23rd, 1916 (December 23 1916)EventWorld War I: Battle of MagdhabaAllied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt s Sinai peninsula.
December 23rd, 1914 (December 23 1914)EventWorld War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
December 23rd, 1913 (December 23 1913)EventThe Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.
December 23rd, 1793 (December 23 1793)EventThe Battle of Savenay, decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in Revolt in the Vendee during the French Revolution.
December 23rd, 1783 (December 23 1783)EventGeorge Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.George Washington Quotes
December 23rd, 1493 (December 23 1493)EventGeorg Alt s German translation of Hartmann Schedel s Nuremberg Chronicle is published.
December 23rd, 0962 (December 23 0962)EventByzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist.

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