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|December 23rd, 2005||Event||Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.|
|December 23rd, 2005||Event||Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adre, which left about 100 people dead.|
|December 23rd, 2004||Event||Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.|
|December 23rd, 2003||Event||PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.|
|December 23rd, 2002||Event||A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.|
|December 23rd, 1990||Event||History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88% of Slovenia s population vote for independence from Yugoslavia.|
|December 23rd, 1986||Event||Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world.|
|December 23rd, 1982||Event||The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.|
|December 23rd, 1979||Event||Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.|
|December 23rd, 1972||Event||The Nicaraguan capital of Managua is struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, killing more than 10,000.|
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