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Notable Historical Events for December 23rd

1862Union General Ben "Beast" Butler is proclaimed a "felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind" by Jefferson Davis

1961Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies

1994Fearing arrest by the FBI, Whitey Bulger flees Boston, and successfully hides from law enforcement for the next 16 years

1783General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

1888Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear

1913President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law

1779Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct

1793Thomas Jefferson warned of slave revolts in West Indies

1930Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

1933Howie Morenz takes over NHL career goal lead at 251

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Notable Birthdays on December 23rd

1867Madame C. J. Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul (Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), (d. 1919)

245Zenobia, Palmyra, Syria, Queen of Palmyra, (d. 274)

1891Cy Denneny, Farran's Point Ontario, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer

1805Joseph Smith Jr, Sharon Vermont, founder (Mormon Church), (d. 1844)

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Notable Weddings on December 23rd

1981Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter

2007"Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

1961Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton

1847Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore

1997Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow

1951MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

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