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On December 23rd, 1893, the Engelbert Humperdinck
opera "Haensel und Gretel" was first
performed, in Weimar, Germany.
On this date:
In 1783, George Washington
resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and
retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
In 1823, the poem
"A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement
C. Moore was published in the "Troy (New
In 1928, the
National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent,
In 1941, during
World War Two, American forces on Wake Island
surrendered to the Japanese.
In 1948, former
Japanese premier Hideki Tojo (hee-day-kee
toh-joh) and six other Japanese war leaders were
executed in Tokyo.
In 1968, 82 crew
members of the US intelligence ship
"Pueblo" were released by North Korea,
eleven months after they had been captured.
In 1980, a state
funeral was held in Moscow for former Premier
Alexei N. Kosygin, who had died December 18th at
In 1986, the
experimental airplane "Voyager,"
piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed
the first non-stop, round-the-world flight
without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards
Air Force Base in California.
In 1995, a fire in
Dabwali, India, killed 540 people, including 170
children, during a year-end party being held near
the children's school.
In 1997, a jury in
Denver convicted Terry Nichols of involuntary
manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the
Oklahoma City bombing, declining to find him
guilty of murder.
Ten years ago:
Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and
his wife, Elena, were captured as they were
attempting to flee their country.
Five years ago:
Bosnian Serbs and the Muslim-led government
agreed to a weeklong truce beginning the next day
as they worked on details of a four-month
cease-fire. Baseball owners imposed a salary cap
that was fiercely opposed by players.
One year ago:
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat freed Hamas
spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin from house
arrest, a move denounced by Israel. Lebanese
guerrillas attacked Israel's northern border with
rockets, in retaliation for an Israeli air raid a
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