Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Dec. 23, 1783, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton re­signed as com­man­der in chief of the Con­ti­nen­tal Army.

In 1805, Joseph Smith Jr., prin­ci­pal founder of the Mor­mon reli­gious move­ment, was born in Sharon, Ver­mont.

In 1913, the Fed­eral Re­serve Sys­tem was cre­ated with the pas­sage of the Fed­eral Re­serve Act.

In 1941, dur­ing World War II, Amer­i­can forces on Wake Is­land sur­ren­dered to the Ja­panese.

In 1954, the first suc­cess­ful hu­man kid­ney trans­plant took place, in Boston.

In 1986, the ex­per­i­men­tal air­plane Voy­ager, pi­loted by Dick Ru­tan and Jeana Yea­ger, com­pleted the first non-stop, non-re­fu­eled round-the-world flight.

In 2001, Time mag­a­zine named New York City Mayor Rudolph Gi­u­liani its Per­son of the Year for his stead­fast re­sponse to the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack.

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