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1788 Maryland passed an act to cede an area "not exceeding ten miles square" for the seat of the national government; about 2/3 of the area became the District of Columbia.
1823 The poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" was published anonymously in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel; the verse, more popularly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was later attributed to Clement C. Moore.
1928 The National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, coast-to-coast network.
1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored the civil rights of about 1,500 people who'd been jailed for opposing the World War.
1948 Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo.
1962 Cuba began releasing prisoners from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion under an agreement in which Cuba received more than $50 million worth of food and medical supplies.
1968 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.
1972 In football's "Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers caught a pass thrown by Terry Bradshaw and scored a touchdown after the ball was deflected during a collision between Jack Tatum of the Oakland Raiders and the Steelers' John Fuqua; the Steelers won, 13-7.
In The Star
Dec. 23, 1938, in The Star: A football stadium for Anniston High School was assured today after word came down that $20,000 worth of bonds had been approved by a New York bond attorney firm. The stadium will cost approximately $37,500, with the federal government contributing 45 percent of the cost as a Public Works Administration grant. Anniston voters had previously approved the bond issue. According to PWA rules, the project must begin this calendar year, so actual work will begin soon. Also this date: In other public improvement news, the Anniston City Council voted unanimously last night to pave a section of roadway between the Eulaton Road and Tenth Street. Calhoun County was responsible for recently getting Eulaton Road paved; the approved work will create a smooth link between it and a major east-west street. Additionally: The five WHMA announcers will have a busy schedule on their hands Saturday with numerous remote control broadcasts to be heard during the day. At least two, “The Kiddy Club” and “WHMA Jamboree,” will originate from the stage of the WHMA playhouse.
Dec. 23, 1988, in The Star: Magic Chef Inc.'s Anniston plant will cut its employees' salaries by 15 percent starting next month as part of an $8 million cost-cutting program designed to make the plant more competitive with Korean companies. General Manager Fred Gant said the cuts will affect all 403 employees at the Golden Springs plant — from the managers down to hourly workers. The staff was told of the pay reductions at a plantwide meeting earlier this week. At stake, Gant said, is the continued existence of Magic Chef's Anniston operation, which produces microwave ovens. Most of the company’s cost-cutting will be in the marketing department, as people no longer need to be sold on the need for a microwave oven, just on its value for the dollar.
Birthdays for December 23
Actor Ronnie Schell is 82. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung is 78. Actor Frederic Forrest is 77. Actor James Stacy is 77. Rock musician Jorma Kaukonen is 73. Rock musician Ron Bushy is 72. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 70. Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is 69. Actress Susan Lucci is 67. Singer-musician Adrian Belew is 64. Rock musician Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) is 57. Actress Joan Severance is 55. Singer Terry Weeks is 50. Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is 49. Rock musician Jamie Murphy is 38. Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield is 36. Actress Estella Warren is 35. Actor Spencer Daniels (Mom) is 21.
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