A to Z This Day in World History | December 23rd

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Here are a few notable historical events that happened on December 23:

1783: George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army to the Congress of the Confederation, then meeting in the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.

1913: The Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States, was created with the signing of the Federal Reserve Act by President Woodrow Wilson.

1947: The transistor was first demonstrated by physicists John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley at Bell Labs.

1972: The Nicaraguan capital, Managua, was hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, killing more than 10,000 people and causing widespread devastation.

1986: The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, non-refueled, around-the-world flight without landing.

1995: The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control as part of the Oslo Accords.

These events represent just a small selection, and there may be other, less well-known events that occurred on December 23 throughout history.

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