Today in India and World History: December 23

According to Gregory calendar, December 23 is the day number 357 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 358. December 23 has its own special significance in India and world history.

Here you will find some important events that happened in Indian History on December 23. Read on to know more about this day.

List of Important Historical events of 23rd December:

  • 962: Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist
  • 1672: Astronomer Giovanni Cassini discovered Saturn’s satellite ‘Rhea’.
  • 1688: King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange
  • 1690: The philosopher John Flemsteed saw the planet Uranus and named it ’34 Tory ‘, considering it a star.
  • 1728: The Treaty of Berlin is signed by the Persian Emperor Karel Saha.
  • 1783: US General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress
  • 1797: Scotland geologist Charles Lyle was born. He was the first to lay the foundation of scientific principles of geology.
  • 1824: Chief Pushmatama of Chikkatu nation died in Washington.
  • 1834: Joseph Hansum patented the passenger horse car ‘Safety Cab’.
  • 1841: First Anglo-Afghan War: In a meeting with Afghan General Akbar Khan, British diplomat Sir William Hay McNaughton was shot dead.
  • 1844: US presidential election 1844: James K. Polk defeated Henry Clay.
  • 1876: Turkey’s first constitution declared.
  • 1888: Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping
  • 1902: 5th Prime Minister of India Chaudhary Charan Singh was born in Nurpur Uttar Pradesh.
  • 1912: In Delhi, India, terrorist agitation continues as British Viceroy Lord Hardinge is wounded by a bomb explosion
  • 1920: Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
  • 1921: Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
  • 1922: BBC Radio daily newspaper launched.
  • 1926: Arya Samaj pracharak and scholar Swami Shraddhanand was killed.
  • 1932: An English scientist named Mill made artificial rubber for the first time.
  • 1936: Inter-American Conference for Peace concludes.
  • 1947: First the transistor was exhibited in Bell Laboratories.
  • 1954: First successful kidney transplant between two survivors in Boston.
  • 1964: India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
  • 1968: The country’s first meteorological rocket ‘Maneka’ was successfully launched.
  • 1972: A two-hour earthquake in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, devastated life and killed about ten thousand people.
  • 1972: Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • 2000: Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal, was officially renamed Kolkata.
  • 2004: 9th Prime Minister of India, Narasimha Rao passed away.

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