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23rd December in History

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1688 – King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange

1690 – English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it’s undiscovered

1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France

1783 – General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

1919 – 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched

1922 – BBC Radio began daily newscasts

1937 – First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.

1968 – 1st US case of space motion sickness

2002 – A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.

 

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