On this day: December 23

Published: Dec 04 2013 11:11:46 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 23 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

George Washington resigns his commission, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is published, the World Trade Center tops out as the world's tallest building, and the Rutan Voyager completes its historic around-the-world flight, all on this day.

OTD December 23 - George Washington
1 / 29
Public domain

1783: George Washington resigns his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army to Congress, which was meeting at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. This action was of great significance in establishing civilian, rather than military rule, leading to a republic, rather than a dictatorship.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • Roger Goodell

    CNN

    The world reacts to NFL abuse scandals

    The NFL has suffered extensive backlash in their handling of both the Ray Rice domestic abuse and Adrian Peterson child abuse cases. Take a look at reactions to the recent NFL abuse scandals.

On this Day

  • Civil War, Battle of Antietam painting

    Library of Congress

    On this day: September 17

    The U.S. Constitution is signed, the Civil War sees the bloodiest battle in American history, the prototype space shuttle Enterprise is unveiled, and the Camp David Accords bring peace between Egypt and Israel, all on this day.