Daily Calendar for Saturday, December 23, 2023


  • Axel Fredrik Cronstedt (Swedish scientist) –
  • Joseph Smith (religious leader; organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) –
  • Madam C. J. Walker (entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist) –
  • Robert Bly (poet) –
  • Eddie Vedder (musician) –


  • Jack Webb (actor) –
  • Marjorie Child Husted (home economist, helped create Betty Crocker) –
  • Victor Borge (comedian & pianist) –


  • Saturn’s moon Rhea discovered–
  • 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–
  • A Visit From St. Nicholas, attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, first published–
  • Part of Vincent Van Gogh’s left ear was cut off–
  • Reginald Fessenden became the first person to transmit voice over a wireless radio–
  • Transistor first demonstrated–
  • Jeanne SauvΓ© was appointed governor-general of Canada–
  • U.S. pilots, Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, landed the experimental aircraft Voyager in California after a record 9-day 4-minute nonstop flight around the world without refueling–


  • Ships were lost in a storm on Long Island Sound–
  • Strong northerly winds generated a windchill of -100 degrees F in North Dakota–
  • Williston, North Dakota, recorded a temperature of -50 degrees F–
  • 9.6 inches of snow fell in Wilmington, North Carolina–

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