On This Day in History, December 23

December 23 is 8 days away from the end of the year. What are the events that marked history on this day?

You don’t need to crack your head trying to figure them out. Here are some of them:

  • 1852 – The Theatre of Celestial John opened on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, CA. It was the first Chinese theatre in the U.S.
  • 1913 – US President Woodrow Wilson signed the  Federal Reserve Act into law.
  • 1919 – The first ship designed to be used as an ambulance to transport patients was launched.
  • 1922 – The British Broadcasting Corporation began daily news broadcasts.
  • 1936 – Colombia became a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1941 – During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.
  • 1960 – King Saud of Saudi Arabia took power.
  • 1965 – A 70-mph speed limit was introduced in Britain.
  • 1968 – The 1st US case of space motion sickness was reported.
  • 1968 – 82 members of the US intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea.
  • 1970 – The Soviet Union performed a nuclear test.
  • 1971 – British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expressed his determination to end the violence.
  • 1973 – 6 Persian Gulf nations doubled their oil prices.
  • 1975 – Metric Conversion Act was signed by U.S. President Gerald Ford.
  • 1990 – Elections in Yugoslavia ended, leaving four of its six republics with non-Communist governments.
  • 1996 – Four women were ordained as priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history.
  • 1997 – US Agriculture Department estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18years.
  • 2005 – Chad declared a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
  • 2012 – 200 civilians were killed by Syrian government warplanes in Helfaya, Syria.
  • 2016United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.

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