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  • U.S.
    Friday Dec 23, 1932

    Anna May Wong

    The Son-Daughter

    U.S.
    Friday Dec 23, 1932

    After her success in Europe and a prominent role in Shanghai Express, Wong's Hollywood career returned to its old pattern. Because of the Hays Code's anti-miscegenation rules, she was passed over for the leading female role in The Son-Daughter in favor of Helen Hayes.




  • North Korea
    Saturday Dec 23, 1950

    Korean War

    An Automobile Accident

    North Korea
    Saturday Dec 23, 1950

    UN morale hit rock bottom when Lieutenant General Walton Walker, commander of the U.S. Eighth Army, was killed on 23 December 1950 in an automobile accident.




  • Cyprus
    Monday Dec 23, 1963

    Cypriot intercommunal violence

    Ceasefire was negotiated, but did not hold

    Cyprus
    Monday Dec 23, 1963

    On the 23rd, a ceasefire was negotiated, but did not hold. Fighting, including automatic weapons fire, between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and militias increased in Nicosia and Larnaca. A force of Greek Cypriot irregulars led by Nikos Sampson entered the Nicosia suburb of Omorphita and engaged in heavy firing on armed, as well as by some accounts unarmed, Turkish Cypriots. The Omorphita clash has been described by Turkish Cypriots as a massacre, while this view has generally not been acknowledged by Greek Cypriots.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 23, 1968

    Neil Armstrong

    Slayton offered Armstrong the Post of Commander of Apollo 11

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 23, 1968

    After Armstrong served as backup commander for Apollo 8, Slayton offered him the post of commander of Apollo 11 on December 23, 1968, as Apollo 8 orbited the Moon.




  • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 23, 1971

    Jimmy Hoffa

    Released from Prison

    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 23, 1971

    On December 23, 1971, less than five years into his 13-year sentence, Hoffa was released from prison when President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence to time served.




  • Moscow, Russia
    Monday Dec 23, 1985

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    First Secretary of the Moscow Communist Party (Yeltsin)

    Moscow, Russia
    Monday Dec 23, 1985

    On December 23, 1985, Gorbachev appointed Yeltsin First Secretary of the Moscow Communist Party replacing Viktor Grishin.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 23, 1987

    Robin Williams

    First Academy Award nomination

    U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 23, 1987

    His first major break came from his starring role in director Barry Levinson's Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), which earned Williams a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film is set in 1965 during the Vietnam War, with Williams playing the role of Adrian Cronauer, a radio shock jock who keeps the troops entertained with comedy and sarcasm. Williams was allowed to play the role without a script, improvising most of his lines. Over the microphone, he created voice impressions of people, including Walter Cronkite, Gomer Pyle, Elvis Presley, Mr. Ed, and Richard Nixon. "We just let the cameras roll," said producer Mark Johnson, and Williams "managed to create something new for every single take."


  • Slovenia
    Sunday Dec 23, 1990

    Ten-Day War (Slovenian Independence War)

    A referendum

    Slovenia
    Sunday Dec 23, 1990

    On 23 December 1990, Slovenia held a referendum, which passed with 88.5% of overall electorate supporting independence (94.8% of votes cast), with a turnout of 93.3%.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday Dec 23, 1999

    PlayStation

    The PocketStation

    Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday Dec 23, 1999

    The PocketStation was a miniature game console created by SCE as a peripheral for the original PlayStation. Released exclusively in Japan on December 23, 1999, it featured a monochrome LCD, a speaker, a real-time clock and infrared communication capability. It could also be used as a standard PlayStation memory card by connecting it to a PlayStation memory card slot.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 23, 2007

    Kobe Bryant

    Youngest player to reach 20,000 points,

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 23, 2007

    On December 23, 2007, Bryant became the youngest player (29 years, 122 days) to reach 20,000 points, in a game against the New York Knicks, in Madison Square Garden, after scoring 39 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 8 assists. This record has since been broken by LeBron James. On March 28, Bryant scored a season-high 53 points to go with 10 rebounds in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.


  • California, United States
    Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

    Elon Musk

    A Breakthrough

    California, United States
    Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

    Musk believed the key to making space travel affordable was to make rockets reusable, though space industry experts believed reusable rockets were impossible or infeasible. On December 22, 2015, SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon rocket back at the launch pad, the first time this had been achieved by an orbital rocket.


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