Thursday, December 23, 2010

TODAY IN HISTORY

DECEMBER 23
1986:The experimental airplane Voyager lands at Edwards Air Force Base near Los Angeles, Calif., after completing the first nonstop around-the-world flight with a single load of fuel. The airplane, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, had made a journey of 25,012 miles in just over nine days.

1913: President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act into law, creating a central banking system with the authority to regulate banks, currency and the national monetary supply.

1972: In a famous and controversial play dubbed the “immaculate reception,” Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass deflected off of Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum, scoring a touchdown with only five seconds left to give the Steelers a 13-7 victory over the Raiders in the AFC semifinals.

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