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December 23, Japanese warlords executed

Today in History

Today is Friday, December 23, the 357th day of 2022. There are eight days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On December 23, 1788, Maryland passed an act ceding an area “not exceeding ten square miles” for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.

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In 1783, George Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

In 1823, the poem “Story of a Visit from Saint-Nicolas” was published in the Troy (New York) Sentinel; the verse, more popularly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, was later attributed to Clement C. Moore.

In 1913, the Federal Reserve System was created when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act.

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

In 1948, former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese warlords were executed in Tokyo.

In 1954, the first successful human kidney transplant took place at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston when a surgical team removed a kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implanted it in Herrick’s twin brother. , Richard.

In 1968, 82 crew members of the American intelligence ship Pueblo were freed by North Korea, 11 months after their capture.

In 1972, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Nicaragua; the disaster claimed some 5,000 lives.

In 1986, the experimental Voyager aircraft, piloted by Dick Rutan (ruh-TAN’) and Jeana (JEE’-nuh) Yeager, made the first flight around the world non-stop and without refueling as it returned to safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

In 1997, a federal jury in Denver convicted Terry Nichols of manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing, declining to convict him of murder. (Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.)

In 2003, a jury in Chesapeake, Virginia sentenced teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison, sparing him the death penalty.

In 2016, the United States authorized the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law; the decision to abstain in the council’s 14-0 vote was one of the biggest American rebukes to its longtime ally in recent memory.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and other dignitaries attended a memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Jean Harris, the principal of the Patrician Girls’ School who spent 12 years in prison for the 1980 murder of her longtime lover, ‘Scarsdale Diet’ physician Herman Tarnower, died in New Haven, Connecticut, at 89 year.

Five years ago: The senior leadership of the Miss America organization quit amid a scandal over emails in which pageant officials ridiculed former winners over their looks and intellect and speculated about their lives sexual. A federal judge in Seattle has partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued the policy prevented people from certain predominantly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States.

A year ago: Kim Potter, a white police officer from suburban Minneapolis who said she mistook her handgun for her Taser, was convicted of manslaughter in the death of a young black man, Daunte Wright , during a roadside check. (Potter would be sentenced to two years in prison.) A 14-year-old girl, Valentina Orellana-Peralta, was shot dead by Los Angeles police when officers shot an assault suspect and a bullet went through the wall and hit the girl. as she was in the dressing room of a clothing store; the suspect in the assault was also killed. Joan Didion, revered author and essayist known for her provocative social commentary and detached, methodical literary voice, died at 87; her publisher said Didion died of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Ronnie Schell turns 91. Former Emperor Akihito of Japan is 89 years old. Actor Frederic Forrest is 86 years old. Rock musician Jorma Kaukonen (YOR’-mah KOW’-kah-nen) is 82 years old. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 79 years old. US Army General Wesley K. Clark (Retired) is 78 years old. Actor Susan Lucci is 76 years old. Singer-musician Adrian Belew is 73 years old. Rock musician Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) is 66 years old. Actor Joan Severance is 64 years old. Singer Terry Weeks is 59. Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is 58. The former first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is 55 years old. Rock musician Jamie Murphy is 47 years old. Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield is 45 years old. Actor Estella Warren is 44 years old. Actor Elvy Yost is 35 years old. Actor Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (TAG’-lee) is 32 years old. Actor Spencer Daniels is 30 years old. Actor Caleb Foote is 29 years old.

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