On this day signed The Federal Reserve Bill into law

President Woodrow Wilson (center) waves his top hat from the deck of USS George Washington, 1919. Image: Wikipedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 23 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day signed The Federal Reserve Bill into law

President Woodrow Wilson (center) waves his top hat from the deck of USS George Washington, 1919. Image: Wikipedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 23 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 23 DECEMBER

2003 | More than 200 people were reported to be killed in an explosion at a natural gas field in Chongqing municipality in China on this day.

1913  | U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed The Federal Reserve Bill into law, in which the act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.

1919  | The USS Relief ship, the first ship designed to be used as an ambulance for transporting patients, was launched.

1958 | Tokyo Tower was completed and opened to the public. It was the world’s tallest tower at that time with 333 metres high.

1995 | A fire in Dabwali, India, was reported to kill 540 people, including 170 children, during a year-end party held near a children’s school.

1972 | In Mangula the Earthquake struck a large part of Nicaragua that 18 000 people were killed and 10 000 people injured.

DEATHS

2017 | Irish educator and politician, Maurice Hayes, 90.

2015 | Turkish admiral and politician and the 18th Prime Minister of Turkey, Bülent Ulusu,92.

2013 | American philanthropist and art collector, Robert W. Wilson, 85.

2014 | Canadian lawyer and author, Edward Greenspan, 70.

2015 | American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate, Alfred G. Gilman, 74.

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ON THIS DAY: BIRTHDAYS

1964 | American rock singer, Eddie Vedder.

1965 | American actor and TV producer, he created the children’s series “Zoboomafoo”, Martin Kratt.

1967 | Italian model, Carla Bruni.

1991 | New Zealand blogger,Hannah Martin.

1985 | American reggaeton singer and rapper who sung songs like “Pa’ Que la Pases Bien” and “Por Amar a Ciegas” , Arcángel.

SPORTS

1978 | On this day, A crowd of 42 073 people saw Alan Sunderland score three goals in a match which Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane.  Alan Sunderland become the first Arsenal player to score a hat-trick against Spurs since Ted Drake in 1934.

ENTERTAINMENT

2016 | “Nocturnal Animals” directed by Tom Ford was released in USA.

2018 | “Christmas Made to Order” was premiered for the first time on this day.

AFRICA FACT

Zanzibar is not just one island. In fact, Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean.  There are several small islands and two large islands; Unguja and the island of Pemba.  In the south is Mafia Island, which is part of the Mafia Islands of Tanzania.