Today in history – December 23, 2019

1620 – Construction began on the first permanent European settlement in New England,  one week after the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Harbor in present-day Massachusetts.

1783 – Gen. George Washington resigned his commission with the U.S. Army and retired to Mount Vernon, Va. (He became the new nation’s first president in 1789.)

1788 – Maryland passed an act to cede a parcel of land for the seat of the national government, part of which later became the District of Columbia.

1913 – The U.S. Federal Reserve System was established.

1968 – Eighty-two crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.

1986Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.