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On This Day - December 23rd

Christmas is coming (even closer), and the geese are getting fatter! As such, December 23rd often gets looked over. Most people are just eager to reach December 24th, and the all-important 25th. However, December 23rd is a fascinating and rich day, and here are some of the reasons why.

On this day

Nikephoros II Phokas

The Byzantine-Arab Wars took place

In 962, the historically fascinating Byzantine-Arab Wars officially started. Under Nikephoros II Phokas, the rampaging Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo. In doing so, they recovered John the Baptist’s tattered tunic.

King James II

King James II fled

In 1688, King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch, fled to France. He was fleeing William of Orange.

George Washington

George Washington resigned

In 1783, US General George Washington officially resigned his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the US Army. As we all should know by now, Washington would go on to become US President – only a few years later, in fact, as he was inaugurated back in 1789, and would stay in power until 1797.

Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh cut off his ear

Yes – one of the most popular urban legends of all time was actually true! In 1888, Vincent van Gogh infamously sliced away his left ear with a razor. He did so following an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin. He then sent it to a prostitute for safekeeping. I'm sure you've had stranger gifts!

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Ireland was partitioned

In 1920, the Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act was passed. The act partitioned Ireland – which, in turn, would cause conflicts for decades to come, during the brutal period known as The Troubles. To this day, Northern Ireland officially remains part of the UK, but there are pro and con arguments on either side.

Special Days Falling on December 23rd

As it is the day before everything really kicks off, we know that you’ll be busy. But, we hope that you are not so busy you will miss out on some of the other major events taking place around the world today.
Facts of Japan

Birthday of Emperor Akihito

In Japan, the Birthday of Emperor Akihito is celebrated on December 23rd every year. The day celebrates the life and reign of Emperor Akihito, the 125th emperor of Japan. His reign lasted from January 7th, 1989, to April 30th, 2019. His reign is known to many historians as the 'Heisei' era, which translates to 'become peace'.

interesting facts about the human body


HumanLight is a secular Humanist holiday. It is celebrated every year on December 23rd. The day celebrates human values, compassion, reason, hope, and humanity. Those who celebrate it do so by sharing food with friends and family, lighting a candle, and doing charity work.

Facts of New Delhi

Kisan Diwas

Every year, India observes Kisan Diwas on December 23rd. It is also known as Farmers' Day and is a day to honor the farmers who are the backbone of the country. The day also celebrates the birth of the fifth Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh. He began working as a farmer before earning his seat in the government!

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