December 23 events in history

484 Huneric dies and is succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund, who becomes king of the Vandals. During his reign the Catholics are free from persecutions
558 Chlothar I is crowned King of the Franks
562 Hagia Sophia in Constantinople reopened with a rebuilt dome after a series of earthquakes caused the original to collapse
583 Maya queen Yohl Ik'nal is crowned ruler of Palenque
679 King Dagobert II is murdered while hunting
962 Arab–Byzantine wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo
1572 Theologian Johann Sylvan executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs
1688 As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England flees from England to Paris, France after being deposed in favor of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary
1783 George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland
1793 The Battle of Savenay: a decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in War in the Vendée during the French Revolution
1823 A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously
1876 First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans
1893 The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed
1913 The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System
1914 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt
1916 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom
1921 Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated
1936 Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
1938 Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa
1940 World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (Y-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta
1941 World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupies Wake Island
1947 The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories
1948 Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, Japan
1954 First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray
1958 Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world's highest self-supporting iron tower
1968 The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea
1970 The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world
1970 The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a single-party state
1972 A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000
1972 The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism
1979 Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet Union forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital
1982 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri
1986 Voyager, 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 without aerial or ground refueling
1990 History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia's overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia
2002 An MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25
2003 PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234
2007 An agreement is made for the Kingdom of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state
2010 A monsoonal trough crosses the northeastern coast of Australia from the Coral Sea, bringing mass flooding across Queensland