TODAY IN HISTORY
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.