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Notable Historical Events for December 23rd

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

1888Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear

1930Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

1921Gangster Carlo Gambino enters the United States as an illegal immigrant on the SS Vincenzo Florio

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

1997Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

1913President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law

1997Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

1779Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct

1987Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of Pres Gerald R Ford escapes from Alderson Prison

December 23rd Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 23rd

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on December 23rd

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

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

1979Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)

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

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