On This Day – December 23rd

By | Dec 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to Dale Berra, son of baseball great Yogi Berra. Dale Berra was born in 1956 and he too played in the Major Leagues from 1977 to 1987.

In 1783 after over seven years as being Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial American troops George Washington resigned his commission in Annapolis, MD. The Continental Congress was using Maryland’s State House old Senate Chambers for their meetings. Maryland State House is still being used with the Ole Senate Chambers has been restored to its original 1783 appearance when George Washington resigned there.

Five years later in 1788 Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.

“A Visit from St. Nicolas” was first published in 1823. It was published anonymously but have been credited as being written by Clement Moore. It presents our first vision of the modern Santa Claus.

Running back Franco Harris catch in the last seconds of an NFL playoff game in 1972 had the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders and enabled the Steelers to advance in the payoffs and win their first Super Bowl. The catch was dubbed the The “immaculate reception.” Today the play wouldn’t raise any conversely however then it did. It was a tipped ball and the rules at the time said that only the offensive player who touched the ball could catch it. Harris was not that offensive player. There are still those who are not certain that the defensive player ever touched the ball, which would have made Harris’ catch an incomplete pass.

In 1993 a Virginia Jury sentenced teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison, sparing him the death penalty. Malvo along with his uncle John Allen Muhammad, committed murders in the Washington Metropolitan Area (Beltway Sniper) over a three-week period in October 2002.


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