Today in History: 23 December

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2014  Sony Pictures will release its controversial comedy, 'The Interview', about an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un; the film was cancelled after hacking attacks and threats, but Sony now seeks a wide audience for the movie

2014  The Dow Jones Industrial Average sets a record at 18,024.17; the Dow has taken less than six months to climb from a value of 17,000 points

2013  Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle bearing his name, dies at his home in the city of Izhevsk at the age of 94

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2012  Volcanic activity alerts are issued in Chile and Argentina, in areas near the Copahue volcano, after it started to spew ash

2012  The launch of a space satellite into space by North Korea is disputed by South Korean defense ministry, who claim it was a disguised test of a 10,000km range missile

2011  The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, enters the hospital to treat a blocked coronary artery

2011  North Korea states it will accept all South Korean delegations who wish to pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il

2010  A male Algerian is fined by a court in Nice for insulting the French national flag; this was the first such penalty ever to be administered

2002  Tatamkhulu Afrika ,South African poet, writer and struggle activist dies 

 

Sources: brainyevents.com and sahistory.org.za

Compiled by Lerato Sebe