December 23: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on December 23 throughout history. Capricorn is the zodiac sign for December 23. Carla Bruni Sarkozy (1967), Eddie Vedder (1964), and Jean-Luc Lahaye were all born on this day (1952).


(December 23, 1783)
George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army prior to the Continental Congress. photo source:


(December 23, 1815)
Emma, the fourth novel by British author Jane Austen, is about a clever young woman whose false belief in her matchmaking powers leads to various romantic catastrophes. photo source:

(December 23, 1893)
Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel is first performed. photo source:

(December 23, 1929)
Chet Baker, an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist known for his plaintive, frail tone in both his playing and singing, was born. photo source:

(December 23, 1947)
Bell Laboratories is the first to show the transistor. photo source:


(December 23, 1968)
After being held captive for 11 months by North Korea, which claimed the USS Pueblo had entered into its seas, 82 crew members of the USS Pueblo were released. photo source:

(December 23, 2013)
Assault rifle inventor and designer Mikhail Kalashnikov died in Izhevsk, Russia. He created the AK-47 (automatic Kalashnikov Model 1947), which has become one of the most popular and widely used weaponry in the contemporary age. photo source:

(Died on December 23, 2020)
Leslie West, American singer and guitarist (b. 1945).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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