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DECEMBER 23

1732 Richard Arkwright (English Barber Who Developed a Machine for Spinning Cotton) English Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Business Historic UK
1790 Jean François Champollion (French "Father of Egyptology," Decipherer of Egyptian Hieroglyphs) French Scientists & Mathematicians Ancient Egypt Anthropology, Archaeology
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1672 French Astronomer Giovanni Cassini Discovers the Saturn Moon Rhea Giovanni Cassini Space And Astronomy Saturn NASA USGS
1879 Thomas Edison Patents a Magneto-Electric Machine Thomas Edison Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions USPTO
1896 Georgia's General Assembly Approves Electric Lighting for the Senate Chamber Georgia's General Assembly Electricity Light Bulb University of Georgia
1906 Alaska's Kodiak Island Is the Epicenter of a 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kodiak Island, Alaska Earthquake USGS
1918 In Washington, a Dam Burst at the Cedar River Watershed Washes Away the Logging Community of Edgewick Without Loss of Life Washington Dams Flooding History Link
1922 The World's First Regular Entertainment Radio Broadcasts Are Transmitted by the British Broadcasting Corporation British Media Radio Historic Firsts BBC Historic UK
1949 In Temple, Texas, Scott and White Memorial Hospital Becomes a Nonprofit Hospital Foundation Temple, Texas Health Care Scott & White Texas State Historical Association
1972 A 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua, Kills More Than 10,000 People and Leaves 250,000 Homeless Nicaragua Earthquakes Death History Channel BBC USGS
1985 A 6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Canada's Northwest Territories Canada Earthquakes USGS
1986 Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager Land in California, Completing the First non-Stop Flight Around the World Without Refueling California Aviation History Historic Firsts History Channel New York Times

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