This Day in History For Dec. 23
1862 – Union General Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind” by Jefferson Davis.
1907 – 1st all-steel passenger railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pennsylvania.
1919 – 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched.
1928 – NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network.
1938 – Margaret Hamilton’s costume catches fire while filming “The Wizard of Oz”
1946 – Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers).
1947 – Transistor invented by John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley in Bell Labs.
1953 – Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year.
1961 – Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies.
1963 – The Beach Boys 1st appearance on “Shindig”
1968 – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders become the 1st men to orbit the Moon.
1987 – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison.
1994 – Fearing arrest by the FBI, Whitey Bulger flees Boston, and successfully hides from law enforcement for the next 16 years.
1997 – US Agriculture Department estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18.
1997 – Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)
1997 – Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing.
2016 – United Nations Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention.