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 This day in History - December 23
368 Historic Events for December 23
1979

NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks

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1979

USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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1980

Sam Shepard's "True West," premieres in NYC

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1981

Boycott becomes leading run-scorer in Test Crickets with 8033

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1982

Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62

Death
1982

Norman Dinnerstein, composer, dies at 45

Death
1983

Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter

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1984

Viv Richards scores 208 in Test Cricket at MCG

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1985

James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18), commit suicide, sparking their families to sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages

Death
1986

Rutan and Yeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling

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1987

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of Pres Gerald R Ford escapes from Alderson Prison

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1989

Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82

Death
1990

Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies

Death
1990

"Lettice and Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 perfs

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1990

Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia

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1991

NY Daily News publisher Kevin Maxwell resigns

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1991

Byron Q Griffith, producer/actor, dies at 73

Death
1992

Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42

Death
1992

Cyril Walters, cricketer (11 Tests for England, 784 runs), dies

Death
1993

Gertrude "Trudi" Duby Blom, actress, shot to death at about 92

Death
1994

Didier Rocher, son of French cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, dies at 41

Death
1994

Nora Dunfree, US actress (Grass Harp), dies at 78

Death
1994

Sebastian Lewis Shaw, actor (High Season, Ace of Spades), dies at 89

Death
1994

Charles Shirley, jazz arranger, dies at 74

Death
1994

Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players

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