TODAY IN HISTORY
On Dec. 23, 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army.
In 1805, Joseph Smith Jr., principal founder of the Mormon religious movement, was born in Sharon, Vermont.
In 1913, the Federal Reserve System was created with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act.
In 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.
In 1954, the first successful human kidney transplant took place, in Boston.