Events in History for Wednesday 23rd December 2015

Today’s Significant Events
962 – Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist.
1688 – King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange
1783 – General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress
1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping
1920 – Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
1954 – The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

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