December 15th Events

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December 15th, 2006 (December 15 2006)EventFirst flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
December 15th, 2005 (December 15 2005)EventLatvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
December 15th, 2005 (December 15 2005)EventArgentina s president Nestor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
December 15th, 2005 (December 15 2005)EventIntroduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
December 15th, 2005 (December 15 2005)EventThe 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.
December 15th, 2001 (December 15 2001)EventThe Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
December 15th, 1997 (December 15 1997)EventA chartered Tupolev TU-154 from Tajikistan crashes in the desert near Sharja, United Arab Emirates airport killing 85.
December 15th, 1995 (December 15 1995)EventThe European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.
December 15th, 1994 (December 15 1994)EventPalau becomes a member of the UN.
December 15th, 1993 (December 15 1993)EventHistory of Northern Ireland: The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.John Major Quotes
December 15th, 1978 (December 15 1978)EventPresident Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People s Republic of China and cutoff all relations with TaiwanJimmy Carter Quotes
December 15th, 1976 (December 15 1976)EventSamoa becomes a member of the UN.
December 15th, 1973 (December 15 1973)EventJohn Paul Getty III, grandson of J. Paul Getty, American billionaire is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10, 1973
December 15th, 1970 (December 15 1970)EventIllinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election.
December 15th, 1970 (December 15 1970)EventSouth Korean ferry Namyong Ho capsized off Korean Strait, 308 killed.
December 15th, 1967 (December 15 1967)EventThe Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people.
December 15th, 1965 (December 15 1965)EventGemini program: Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieved the first space rendezvous with Gemini 7.
December 15th, 1961 (December 15 1961)EventIn Jerusalem, Adolph Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
December 15th, 1960 (December 15 1960)EventKing Baudouin of Belgium marries Fabiola Fernanda Maria de las Victorias Antonia Adelaida de Mora y Aragon in Brussels.
December 15th, 1960 (December 15 1960)EventRichard Paul Pavlick is arrested for attempting to blow up and assassinate the U.S. President-Elect, John F. Kennedy only four days earlier.John F. Kennedy Quotes
December 15th, 1945 (December 15 1945)EventOccupation of Japan: General Douglas MacArthur orders that Shinto be abolished as state religion of Japan.Douglas MacArthur Quotes
December 15th, 1942 (December 15 1942)EventThe Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse begins during the Guadalcanal campaign.
December 15th, 1941 (December 15 1941)EventAnnihilation of Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine: at temperatures of -15 degrees C below zero near the Rogan works, 8 km away from Kharkiv in "Drobitsky Ravine" (Drobitsky Yar), over 15 000 Jews are shot.
December 15th, 1941 (December 15 1941)EventThe American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
December 15th, 1939 (December 15 1939)EventGone with the Wind premiered at Loew s Grand Theater in Atlanta, GA, USA.
December 15th, 1917 (December 15 1917)EventWorld War I: An armistice is reached between the new Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
December 15th, 1915 (December 15 1915)EventWorld War I: Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig replaces John French, 1st Earl of Ypres as Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force.
December 15th, 1914 (December 15 1914)EventWorld War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
December 15th, 1914 (December 15 1914)EventGas explosion at Mitsubishi Hojyo coal mine, Kyushu, Japan, 687 killedied in This accident is the worst coal mine disaster in Japanese history.
December 15th, 1913 (December 15 1913)EventNicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
December 15th, 1891 (December 15 1891)EventJames Naismith introduces the first version of basketball, with thirteen rules, a peach basket nailed to either end of his school s gymnasium, and two teams of nine players.James Smith Quotes
December 15th, 1868 (December 15 1868)EventShogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaido.
December 15th, 1864 (December 15 1864)EventIn the Battle of Nashville, Union forces under George H. Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of Tennessee under John B. Hood.Thomas Hood Quotes
December 15th, 1863 (December 15 1863)EventRomania is using for the first time a mountain railway (from Anina to Oravita).
December 15th, 1791 (December 15 1791)EventThe United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia legislature.
December 15th, 1467 (December 15 1467)EventStephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.
December 15th, 1256 (December 15 1256)EventHulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
December 15th, 1167 (December 15 1167)EventSicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
December 15th, 0533 (December 15 0533)EventByzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.

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