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Calendar for December 23rd, 2013

1783: George Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia, with no inkling that he would be drafted to President 6 years later

Born 1805: Joseph Smith (religious leader; organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

1823: A Visit From St. Nicholas, attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, first published

1888: Part of Vincent Van Gogh's left ear was cut off

Born 1926: Robert Bly (poet)

Born 1964: Eddie Vedder (musician)

Died 1982: Jack Webb (actor)

1983: Jeanne Sauvé was appointed governor-general of Canada

Died 1986: Marjorie Child Husted (helped create Betty Crocker)

1986: U.S. pilots, Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, landed the experimental aircraft Voyager in California after a record nine-day trip around the world without refueling

Died 2000: Victor Borge (comedian & pianist)

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