December 23

This Day in History

1986

Voyager Completes Global Flight

Piloted by Americans Richard Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the experimental plane Voyager circles the globe in 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. The Voyager, I made mostly of plastic, was essentially a … (more...)

962

Nicephoras Phocas’ Troops Storm Aleppo

"This day in 962 witnessed a decisive conquest in the long-running Arab-Byzantine Wars, when the Syrian city of Aleppo was stormed by Byzantine forces under the command of Nicephorus Phocas. It was … (more...)

245

The Warrior Queen Is Born

"On this day in 245, Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, the Arab queen who led a famous revolt against the Roman Empire, was born. Zenobia was born in Palmyra, present-day Syria to a father of Arab or … (more...)