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December 23rd

December 23rd is the 357th day of the year (358th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about December 23rd, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on December 23rd

1805 Joseph Smith, Jr. (Mormon religious leader)

1870 John Marin (artist)

1907 Avraham Stern (Zionist leader)

1918 Helmut Schmidt (German Chancellor 1974-1982)

1933 Emperor Akihito (Japanese Emperor 1989-)

1943 Harry Shearer (actor)

1944 Wesley Clark (US General)

1946 John Sullivan (screenwriter)

1947 Graham Bonnet (singer - Rainbow, Marbles, Michael Schenker Group)

1957 Trisha Goddard (TV host, actress)

1961 Carol Smillie (model)

1964 Eddie Veder (singer)

1967 Carla Bruni (singer, actress, model, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy President of France)

1971 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (model, author)

1978 Jodie Marsh (model)

1978 Estelle Warren (model, actress)

December 23rd in History

1783 George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

George Washington

1888 Vincent Van Gogh cuts off part of his left ear.

Vincent van Gogh

1913 US President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act into law, creating the Federal Reserve system.

Woodrow Wilson

1936 First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.

1937 The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.

1938 A Coelacanth, a type of fish thought to have been extinct for many millions of years, is discovered in the waters off the coast of South Africa.


1947 First transistor is demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.

1970 North Tower of the World Trade Center is topped, and becomes the tallest building in the world.

World Trade Center

1979 Soviet forces occupy Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

1986 Voyager is the first aircraft to complete a nonstop circumnavigation of the Earth without air-to-air refueling.

1990 Slovenia votes in a referendum for independence from Yugoslavia.

December 23rd is also

The Emperor's Birthday (Japan)

The Emperor's Birthday


People born on December 23rd are Capricorn


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