What happened on December 15? There are more than 245 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 15

December 15 In HistoryDecember 15 is the 350th day of the year 2020. There are 16 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 51st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Cropsey, Illinois 61731 sunrise will occur at 07:11 AM and sunset will occur at 04:28 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 59 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For December 15

  • 533
    Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
  • 1167
    Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
  • 1256
    Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
  • 1467
    Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia.
  • 1791
    The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • 1864
    In the Battle of Nashville, Union forces under George H. Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of Tennessee under John B. Hood.
  • 1868
    Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.
  • 1905
    The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin
  • 1906
    The London Underground’s Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.
  • 1913
    Nicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires Convention.
  • 1914
    A gas explosion at Mitsubishi Hojyo coal mine, Kyūshū, Japan, kills 687.
  • 1914
    World War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
  • 1917
    World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • 1933
    The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
  • 1939
    Gone with the Wind receives its première at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • 1941
    Holocaust: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
  • 1942
    The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse begins during the Guadalcanal campaign.
  • 1945
    Occupation of Japan: General Douglas MacArthur orders that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.
  • 1946
    US-backed Iranian troops evict the leadership of the breakaway Republic of Mahabad, putting an end to the Iran crisis of 1946.
  • 1954
    The Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands is signed.
  • 1960
    King Mahendra of Nepal suspends the country’s constitution, dissolves parliament, dismisses the cabinet, and imposes direct rule.
  • 1960
    Richard Paul Pavlick is arrested for attempting to blow up and assassinate the U.S. President-Elect, John F. Kennedy only four days earlier.
  • 1961
    In 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.
  • 1965
    Gemini program: Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.
  • 1967
    The Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people.
  • 1970
    South Korean ferry Namyong Ho capsizes off Korean Strait killing 308.
  • 1970
    Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully land on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet
  • 1973
    John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10, 1973.
  • 1973
    The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
  • 1976
    Samoa becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1976
    The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts, causing one of the worst marine oil spills in history.
  • 1978
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People’s Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan
  • 1993
    History of Northern Ireland: The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
  • 1994
    Palau becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1997
    A chartered Tupolev TU-154 from Tajikistan crashes in the desert near Sharja, United Arab Emirates airport killing 85.
  • 1997
    The Treaty of Bangkok is signed allowing the transformation of Southeast Asia into a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
  • 2000
    The 3rd reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
  • 2001
    The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
  • 2005
    Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • 2005
    Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • 2006
    First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
  • 2009
    Boeing’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.
  • 2010
    A boat carrying 90 asylum seekers crashes into rocks off the coast of Christmas Island, Australia, killing at least 30 passengers.
  • 2011
    American forces withdraw from Iraq after a 9-year long campaign.

Who Were Born On December 15?

  • 37
    Nero, Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (d. 68)
  • 130
    Lucius Verus, Roman co-emperor (d. 169)
  • 1832
    Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower) (d. 1923)
  • 1852
    Henri Becquerel, French physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1908)
  • 1859
    L. L. Zamenhof, Polish initiator of Esperanto (d. 1917)
  • 1860
    Abner Powell, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • 1860
    Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1904)
  • 1861
    Charles Duryea, American automobile pioneer (d. 1938)
  • 1861
    Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Finnish politician (d. 1944)
  • 1863
    Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and chemical engineer (d. 1935)
  • 1869
    Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist (d. 1946)
  • 1875
    Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (d. 1899)
  • 1878
    Hans Carossa, German writer (d. 1956)
  • 1885
    Leonid Pitamic, Slovenian philosopher (d. 1971)
  • 1888
    Maxwell Anderson, American writer (d. 1959)
  • 1892
    J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon (d. 1976)
  • 1896
    Betty Smith, American author (d. 1972)
  • 1899
    Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • 1902
    Robert F. Bradford, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1903
    Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (d. 1938)
  • 1907
    Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect
  • 1910
    John H. Hammond, American musician (d. 1987)
  • 1911
    Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)
  • 1911
    Stan Kenton, American musician (d. 1979)
  • 1912
    Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)
  • 1913
    Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (d. 1980)
  • 1913
    Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    Buddy Cole, American pianist (d. 1964)
  • 1916
    Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1917
    Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1918
    Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1919
    Max Yasgur, owner of the Woodstock Festival site (d. 1973)
  • 1920
    Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • 1921
    Alan Freed, American disc jockey (d. 1965)
  • 1921
    Bob Todd, British comedian (d. 1992)
  • 1923
    Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist
  • 1923
    Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (d. 2002)
  • 1923
    Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and statesman (d. 2009)
  • 1925
    Kasey Rogers, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager (d. 2007)
  • 1926
    Nikos Koundouros, Greek film director
  • 1928
    Ernie Ashworth, American country singer (d. 2009)
  • 1928
    Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (d. 2000)
  • 1928
    Jerry Wallace, American singer (d. 2008)
  • 1929
    Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist
  • 1930
    Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer
  • 1932
    Jesse Belvin, American musician (d. 1960)
  • 1933
    Bapu, Indian cartoonist, designer and film director
  • 1933
    Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (d. 2001)
  • 1933
    Tim Conway, American actor and comedian
  • 1936
    Joe D'Amato, Italian director (d. 1999)
  • 1938
    Billy Shaw, American football player
  • 1939
    Cindy Birdsong, American singer (The Supremes)
  • 1940
    Nick Buoniconti, American football player
  • 1942
    Dave Clark, English musician (The Dave Clark Five)
  • 1943
    Kathleen Blanco, American politician
  • 1943
    Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist
  • 1944
    Chico Mendes, Brazilian campaigner (d. 1988)
  • 1944
    Jim Leyland, American baseball manager
  • 1945
    Thaao Penghlis, Australian actor
  • 1946
    Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
  • 1946
    Carmine Appice, American musician (Vanilla Fudge)
  • 1947
    Rodney Bingenheimer, American radio personality
  • 1948
    Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
  • 1948
    Melanie Chartoff, American actress
  • 1949
    Don Johnson, American actor
  • 1952
    Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer
  • 1952
    Julie Taymor, American director
  • 1952
    Rudi Protrudi, American musician (The Fuzztones)
  • 1953
    J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • 1954
    Mark Warner, American politician, United States Senator from Virginia and 69th Governor of Virginia
  • 1955
    Paul Simonon, English bassist (The Clash)
  • 1956
    Tony Leon, South African politician and Ambassador to Argentina
  • 1956
    William Orbit, English producer, mixer and musician
  • 1957
    Laura Molina, American artist, musician and actress
  • 1957
    Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1957
    Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1957
    Tim Reynolds, Musician (Dave Matthews Band,TR3)
  • 1957
    Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • 1958
    Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • 1960
    Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • 1961
    Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist
  • 1963
    Andrew Luster, American rapist
  • 1963
    David Wingate, American basketball player
  • 1963
    Ellie Cornell, American actress
  • 1963
    Helen Slater, American actress
  • 1963
    Norman J. Grossfeld, American television producer and screenwriter
  • 1966
    Carl Hooper, former West Indian cricket player and captain
  • 1966
    Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
  • 1966
    Molly Price, American actress
  • 1967
    David Howells, English footballer
  • 1967
    Elix Skipper, American professional wrestler
  • 1967
    Mo Vaughn, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Garrett Wang, American actor
  • 1968
    Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician
  • 1969
    Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
  • 1970
    Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey
  • 1970
    Lawrence Funderburke, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Michael Shanks, Canadian actor
  • 1971
    Arne Quinze, Belgian conceptual artist
  • 1971
    Clint Lowery, American guitarist (Sevendust)
  • 1972
    Rodney Harrison, American football player
  • 1972
    Stuart Townsend, Irish actor
  • 1973
    Ryu Seung-wan, South Korean actor and director
  • 1973
    Surya Bonaly, French-born American figure skater
  • 1976
    Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • 1976
    Todd Tichenor, American baseball umpire
  • 1977
    Dave Mackintosh, Scottish drummer (Dragonforce)
  • 1977
    Eba, Mongolian entertainer
  • 1977
    Geoff Stults, American actor
  • 1978
    Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • 1978
    Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • 1979
    Adam Brody, American actor
  • 1979
    Eric Young, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1980
    Manuel Wilhelm, German rugby player
  • 1980
    Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)
  • 1981
    Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981
    Brendan Fletcher, Canadian actor
  • 1981
    Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister
  • 1981
    Firman Utina, Indonesian footballer
  • 1981
    Michelle Dockery, British actress
  • 1981
    Najoua Belyzel, French singer
  • 1981
    Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian footballer
  • 1981
    Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • 1982
    Borja García, Spanish racing driver
  • 1982
    Charlie Cox, English actor
  • 1982
    George O. Gore II, American actor
  • 1983
    Delon Armitage, Trindadian/English rugby player
  • 1983
    René Goguen, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player
  • 1984
    Kirsty Lee Allan, Australian actress
  • 1984
    Martin Škrtel, Slovak footballer
  • 1985
    Diogo Fernandes, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Iveta Mazáčová, Czech athlete
  • 1986
    Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian model
  • 1986
    Xiah, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
  • 1994
    Emma Lockhart, American actress

Who Died On December 15?

  • 1025
    Basil II, Byzantine Emperor (b. 958)
  • 1072
    Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan (b. 1029)
  • 1230
    King Otakar I of Bohemia (b. 1155)
  • 1263
    King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
  • 1598
    Philips van Marnix, lord of Sint-Aldegonde, Dutch writer and statesman (b. 1538)
  • 1621
    Charles d'Albert, Constable of France (b. 1578)
  • 1673
    Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
  • 1675
    Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter (b. 1632)
  • 1683
    Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
  • 1688
    Gaspar Fagel, Dutch statesman (b. 1634)
  • 1715
    George Hickes, English minister and scholar (b. 1642)
  • 1753
    Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)
  • 1792
    Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish composer (b. 1756)
  • 1855
    Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1878
    Alfred Bird, chemist (b. 1811)
  • 1890
    Sitting Bull, American Indian tribal chief (b. c. 1831)
  • 1943
    Fats Waller, American musician (b. 1904)
  • 1944
    Glenn Miller, American musician (presumed date of death) (b. 1904)
  • 1947
    Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • 1950
    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian politician (b. 1875)
  • 1958
    Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1962
    Charles Laughton, English actor (b. 1899)
  • 1966
    Walt Disney, American animator (b. 1901)
  • 1968
    Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician (b. 1899)
  • 1968
    Jess Willard, American boxer (b. 1881)
  • 1969
    Karl Theodor Bleek, German politician (b. 1898)
  • 1971
    Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1974
    Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
  • 1977
    Wilfred Kitching, American General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • 1978
    Chill Wills, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1980
    Dimitrios Partsalidis, Greek politician (b. 1905)
  • 1980
    Komninos Pyromaglou, Greek educator and politician (b. 1899)
  • 1980
    Kostas Biris, Greek architect, city planner and folklorist (b. 1899)
  • 1984
    Jan Peerce, American tenor (b. 1904)
  • 1984
    Lennard Pearce, English actor (b. 1915)
  • 1985
    Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritian politician (b. 1900)
  • 1989
    Arnold Moss, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 1989
    Edward Underdown, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 1991
    Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev, Soviet sniper (b. 1915)
  • 1993
    William Dale Phillips, American chemist (b. 1925)
  • 2000
    Haris Brkić, Bosnian basketball player (b. 1974)
  • 2001
    Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
  • 2001
    Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
  • 2003
    George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2003
    Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2004
    Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan politician (b. 1943)
  • 2005
    Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2005
    Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    William Proxmire, American politician (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)
  • 2007
    John Berg, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2007
    Julia Carson, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    León Febres Cordero, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1931)
  • 2009
    Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • 2011
    Bob Brookmeyer, American jazz musician (b.1929)
  • 2011
    Christopher Hitchens, Prolific Columnist (b. 1949)
  • 2011
    Francis “Frank” X. McDermott, American Republican Party politician (b.1924)

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