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List of December 23rd Major News Events

  1. 1956 British French Troops Withdraw From Suez Canal
  2. 1947 Bell Labs demonstrates the worlds first Transistor Radio
  3. 1986 U.S.A. -- Voyager Non Stop World Flight
  4. 2009 Hoax Balloon Boy’s parents given jail sentences
  5. 2005 An earthquake killed 87,000 people and left millions without homes

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1956 Egypt -- British French Troops Withdraw From Suez Canal

1956 : British and French troops withdraw from the Suez Canal this follows pressure from the United Nations to end the armed occupation of the Suez Canal.

1901 Turkey -- Americans Must Revoke Their Naturalization

In Syria officials demanded that all Americans must revoke their naturalization or be thrown out of Turkey. American charge d'affairs Spenser Eddy launched a protest on behalf of the Americans.

1927 China -- Conflict With Russia

1927 : Russia and China were in conflict following China's foreign minister Tehecherin's comment that he "could not tolerate the beastly slaughter of its officials, citizens, and sympathizers in Canton." Soviet ships were commanded to return to Russia and Soviet citizens fled to avoid being killed by the Chinese.

1930 Greenland -- Britain Wants To Purchase

The New York Times claimed that there was a possibility that Great Britain wanted to purchase Greenland from Denmark. However, Canada had stakes in obtaining Greenland as well.

1944 Greece -- Greek statue from 510 B.C. found

A six foot Greek statue from 510 B.C. was found in good condition by a farmer who was ploughing. It was hidden from German soldiers by putting it in an Athens museum.

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Víctor Martínez

Born: 23rd December 1978 Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Known For :Victor Martinez is best known as a Major League Baseball Player, he is currently a switch-hitting catcher and first baseman currently with the Boston Red Sox ( December 2009 ) . He began his career in U.S. Major league baseball with the Cleveland Indians in 2002. He joined the elite team of Major Baseball Players who strike three home runs in one game in 2004. Find Out More on our History of Baseball Page.

1947 USA -- Transistor Radio

1947 : Bell Labs demonstrates the worlds first Transistor Radio, Bell had also created the first transistor just a few months earlier. Many companies have claimed and are attribeted as the worlds first including Texas Instruments, Sony and the German firm Intermetall but it depends on how you view the quality of the radios , so I will leave that to others to judge.

1957 Japan -- Leftist Opposition

The government of Japan was blasted by leftists in a specially convened session of parliament. Conflict erupted over the acceptance of American "sidewinders" air-to-air missiles for the Japanese air force.

1967 North Vietnam -- US Prisoners

The North Vietnam Postal system sent back 231 Christmas presents mailed by spouses and parents of U.S. soldiers to their relatives held captive by North Vietnam.

1972 Nicaragua -- Earthquake

1972 : Ten thousand people are feared dead after a two-hour earthquake wiped out as an estimated 80% of buildings in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua.

1975 U.S.A. -- To Much Time Spent On TV For US Kids

Jim Winters, writing in The Capital Times , pointed out that the typical American child who had reached the age of 18 spent 25,000 hours watching television and had seen 350,000 advertisements.

1978 U.S.A. -- Drinking Age Raised

1978 : Michigan becomes one of the first states to raise its drinking age to 21 over concerns about high school students drinking and driving.

1986 U.S.A. -- Voyager Non Stop World Flight

The experimental airplane Voyager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California

1987 Germany -- Porsche

The luxury car company that made Porsches lost its president, 57 year old Peter W. Schulz, on 31st and replaced him with Heinz Branitzki. Sales of Porsches declined precipitously and drastic reductions in production of the cars were made. Sixty per cent of Porches were sold to the U.S. which evoked criticism within Porsche circles.

1995 India -- Fire

A fire in Dabwali, India, kills 540 people, including 170 children .

1997 Russia -- Space Program Funding

Russian scientists who were the brains behind Russia's military and space programs were not being funded anymore by their country. However, Western companies eager for their knowledge were supporting them financially.

2003 U.S.A. -- BSE Confirmed US

2003 : The first confirmed case of BSE is found in the United States, Only 3 cases are confirmed currently in the US compared with 180,000 in the United Kingdom

2005 South East Asia -- Earthquake

An earthquake killed 87,000 people and left millions without homes. This was followed by an outbreak of bird flu and a spill of benzene and other chemicals in China's Songhue River which poisoned the water supply of millions

From 1962 Toys Page

  • Disneykins From The 1960s Disneykins
    Price: $3.39
    Description The teeniest, weeniest, most lovable playthings in the whole wide world. A set of 34 of Disney's most popular characters.

  • Etch-A-Sketch From The 1960s Etch-A-Sketch
    Manufacturer: Ohio Art Company
    Price: $2.94
    Description Turn the knobs and create lines, circles, and diagonals. Forms pictures, letters, intricate designs and all erase easily with just a shake.

From 1965 Toys Page

  • Mary Poppins Board Game From The 1960s Mary Poppins Board Game
    Price: $1.97
    Description Mary Poppins Board Game lets you team up with Bert in this 2 to 4 people board game.

  • Strombecker Slot Racing Cars From The 1960s Strombecker Slot Racing Cars
    Manufacturer: Strombecker
    Description Choose from 15 different Strombecker Slot Racing Cars including Ferrari, Jaguar, Ford GT, Lotus and more for your slot car racing track.

2006 United Nations -- The U.N. sanctions on Iran

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed sanctions against Iran over its failure to halt uranium enrichment with Resolution 1737. The sanctions ban the supply of nuclear-related technology and materials, and impose an asset freeze on key individuals and companies. The U.S. representative warned that Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons would make it less, not more, secure. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes, and has vowed to continue.

2006 U.S.A. -- Arnold Schwarzenegger in a skiing accident

2006 : Arnold Schwarzenegger has broken his leg while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho. The California Governor was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which revealed he had fractured his femur. An Austrian, Mr Schwarzenegger is an experienced skier and frequent visitor to Sun Valley, where a piste has been named Arnold's Run after him. Three days later, in Santa Monica, he underwent surgery to repair the break.

2007 Iraq -- Turkish planes bomb Iraq again

Turkish warplanes have again bombed Kurdish rebels along the border of northern Iraq. Jabbar Yawer, a spokesman for the Iraqi Kurdish security forces has said that the raid lasted more than three hours, but that 'there was no damage or loss of life.' Turkey has now carried out three air strikes on northern Iraq in the past week, as well as a small ground incursion. The P.K.K., which is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the E.U. is thought to have about three thousand rebels based in Iraq. The Turkish government says that many of the rebels are holed up in the Qandil mountains.

2009 U.S.A. -- Hoax Balloon Boy’s parents given jail sentences

The man who triggered a major alert by falsely claiming that his son was adrift in a helium balloon has been sentenced to ninety days in jail, and his wife to twenty. Richard Heene, and his wife Mayumi, said in October that their son had been carried off by the balloon. The boy was eventually found hiding at home. Heene apologised to rescue workers and the community in the Colorado courtroom. The judge ordered four years of supervised probation for the couple and banned them from receiving any form of financial benefit from the case.

2011 China -- Chinese Writer Jailed for "Subversive" Writing

2011 : Chen Wei, a Chinese writer, was sentenced to nine years in jail after being convicted of "inciting subversion of state power". Chen Wei wrote many online essays in which he called for freedom of speech and a reform to the one-party system in China.

2012 Somalia -- Pirate Hostages Freed

Somalian troops were able to free twenty-two hostages that had been taken by pirates almost three years prior. Sources stated that troops were fighting with the pirates for two weeks before being able to rescue the hostages.

2013 Syria -- Russia Sends Trucks to Syria

2013 : Russia has sent seventy-five trucks to Syria with the intention of helping clear chemical weapons in the war-torn country. They were flown into Syria and will be used to transport the chemical weapons.

From 1967 Toys Page

  • 8 Track cartridges Popular Music  From The 1960s 8 Track cartridges Pop Music
    Price: $1.29
    Description I was so pleased to see these, I could not find anywhere else that not only included some of the 8 tracks for sale but prices as well, So here you go below, I hope these bring back fond memories as they did for me ( I was a teen in 1967 ) so had most of these as 45 RPM singles to play on record player and on 8 track for the car. ( Well maybe not Sinatra but my parents loved him so I had to listen in silence )
    Mamas and Papas - California Dreamin, and You Baby and Got a Feelin
    Mamas and Papas - Monday Monday, and Go Where You Wanna Go
    Hermans Hermits - Leanin On A Lamppost and I'm Henry The VIII I am I am
    The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun, and We Got to Get Out Of This Place
    The Righteous Brothers - Soul and Inspiration and Hey Girl
    Bobby Rydell - Wild One and Kissin Time
    Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin and Strangers In The Night
    Petula Clark - Downtown and You Belong To Me
    Trini Lopez - Puff ( The Magic Dragon ) and Lemon Tree
    Hank Williams - Your Cheatin Heart and Hey Good Lookin
    Herb Albert - It Was a Very Good Year and The Shadow Of Your Smile