« Born This Day: Dec. 23 | Main | The Week in Facts: Dec. 17-23, 2006 »

This Day in History, Dec. 23

1913: In a major reform of U.S. banking and finance, the Federal Reserve System is authorized.
1947: Three Bell Labs scientists—John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley—invent the transistor.
1948: Hideki Tojo, prime minister of Japan from 1941 to 1944, is executed for war crimes.
1972: The city of Managua, Nicaragua is virtually leveled by an earthquake ; about 5,000 are killed and 20,000 injured.
1975: U.S. President Gerald Ford signs the Metric Conversion Act of 1975. It coordinates conversion to the metric system, but does not specify a time schedule.
1987: Dick Rutan and Jeana Yaeger complete the first nonstop airplane flight around the world, setting a record of 216 hours of continuous flight.
1997: Terry Nichols is convicted on charges relating to the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK.
2003: Lee Malvo is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the sniper attacks in Washington, D.C. , which killed 10; Malvo was 17 at the time of the attacks. A Holstein cow in Washington state is found to have mad cow disease.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on December 23, 2006 12:30 PM.

The previous post in this blog was Born This Day: Dec. 23.

The next post in this blog is The Week in Facts: Dec. 17-23, 2006.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.