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December 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 23

December 23rd is the day we officially celebrate Roots Day & Pfeffernusse Day.

We are now on the 357th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far! There’s only 2 days left until Christmas.

For those of you who were born on December 23, your zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

This day in history has been an interesting one! Here you’re going to learn something new about this special day, and what exactly made this day so special.

Did you know that on this day in 1972, the survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 plane crash were rescued? They had been struggling to stay alive for 72 days in a remote part of the Andes mountains.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 23rd in history!

What Happened On December 23 In History?

2003

A gas explosion occurred in Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China.

A gas well belonging to PetroChina's Southwest Oil in the Chuandongbei gas field, exploded which released highly toxic hydrogen sulfide. This incident killed 233 people and injured at least 9,000.
1997

Rom-com movie “As Good as It Gets” was released in theaters in the US.

It was written and directed by James L. Brooks, and starred Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
1994

Whitey Bulger, an organized crime boss, fled Boston after fearing arrest from the FBI.

He successfully hid from law enforcement for 16 years.
1987

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme who was serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escaped from Alderson Prison.

1986

The first aircraft flew around the world without stopping or refueling.

OTD in 1986: The first aircraft flew around the world without stopping or refueling.
The experimental airplane "Voyager," was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager on a non-stop flight around the world – a journey which took nine days.
1972

A 6.25 magnitude earthquake destroyed central Managua, Nicaragua, killing about 10,000 people.

1972

Plane crash survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 were rescued.

OTD in 1972: Plane crash survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 were rescued.
After being stranded in the Andes for 70 days, 16 plane crash survivors were rescued. Although 33 of the 45 on board survived the crash, injuries and severe weather conditions killed many more. Survivors had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive.
1954

The first human kidney transplant was performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

1948

Cinderella the first full-length ballet by Frederick Ashton with music by Sergei Prokofiev was first presented at Covent Garden, London, by Sadler’s Wells Ballet.

1888

Vincent van Gogh cut his left ear off with a razor after an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin.

He sent it to a prostitute for safe keeping.
1815

The novel Emma by Jane Austen was first published.

Did you know that on this day, December 23rd 1972, the survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 plane crash were rescued?