December 15 Events in History - December 15 Birthdays - December 15 Deaths
2014 The last protest camp has been removed in Hong Kong; activists staged several camps to demand the right to free elections rather than control of candidates and elections by the Chinese government
2014 In the recent Japan elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gains victory, and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party wins the majority of lower house elections
2013 Chilean voters elect President Michelle Bachelet in the country's presidential election; Bachelet served as the first female Chilean president in 2006
2013 Joan Fontaine, a British and American actress and sister of Olivia de Havilland, dies at the age of 96; Fontaine is famous for roles in Alfred Hitchcock thrillers Suspicion and Rebecca
2012 Egyptian voters go to the polls to vote on a highly protested referendum on a new constitution
2012 Hilary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, fainted from dehydration and sustained a concussion after falling in her home
2011 According to the U.S. Census, 1 in 2 people are considered low-income or poor
2011 Jacques Chirac, former President of France, is declared guilty of embezzlement and violating trust for filling non-existent jobs with party members while serving as Mayor of Paris
2010 Ghana begins pumping oil after its discovery of an offshore oil field three years ago
2010 A Japanese salmon subspecies, the black kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka kawamurae) is discovered after being declared extinct in 1940
2009 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Danish hosts urged countries to agree on a new U. N. pact aimed at averting climate change and global warming
1997 San Francisco 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16
1996 Dottie Pepper and Juli Inkster win LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
1996 Jim Colbert and Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches
1996 Tom Lehman and Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches
1995 Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland
1994 "Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 20 performances
1994 John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier
1994 Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia
1993 C-130 flies into a Philippines hill and explodes, 16 killed
1993 Haitian premier Robert Malval resigns
1993 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
1993 Lee Aspen resigns as Secretary of Defense
1993 Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed
1993 British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
1992 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year
1992 WNew AM (1130) New York City resigns air, replaced by WBBR
1991 "Nick and Nora" closes at Marquis Theater New York City after 9 performances
1991 Deb Richard wins JBP Cup LPGA Match Play Golf Championship
1990 Rocker Rod Stewart marries super model Rachel Hunter
1988 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
1986 150 killed during race riot in Karachi
1986 CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure
1986 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift
1985 Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielson wed
1984 U.S.S.R. launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet
1983 3 Kansas City Royals suspended due to cocaine usage
1983 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
1983 Last 80 U.S. combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
1983 Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic," premieres in New York City
1982 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of New York Giants
1982 Roy Williams, Teamsters president, and 4 others convicted of bribery
1982 Sao Tome and Principe constitution approved
1982 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
1981 4th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1981 NASA launches Intelsat V
1980 New York Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M
1980 Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena
1980 ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 years of administrative hassles in Warsaw
1979 Deposed Shah of Iran leaves U.S. for Panama
1979 World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all U.S. hostages
1978 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James
1978 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, vs. India at Bangalore
1976 Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts' SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground
1976 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
1974 A's Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent (later signs with Yankees)
1973 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not mental illness
1973 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
1973 Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disney World
1973 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
1973 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
1973 U.S. Psychiatrist say homosexuals are not mentally ill
1971 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1970 Ferryboat capsized in Korean Strait drowning 261
1970 S Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed
1970 Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)
1969 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
1969 San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
1967 Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
1967 Joe Garagiola joins Today Show panel
1967 Silver Bay bridge (Oh-WV) collapes during afternoon rush hour, 34 die
1966 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 12 performances
1966 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
1966 John W Mecom, Jr. becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
1965 3rd cyclone of year kills another 15,000 at mouths of Ganges River
1965 Bangladesh windstorm kills 10,000
1965 D Heneker and J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl," premieres in London
1965 Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)
1965 Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde
1965 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th commissioner of baseball
1964 1st time 4 people in space
1964 American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded
1964 Canada adopts maple leaf flag
1962 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 12 weeks
1961 Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
1961 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
1961 John F. Kennedy visits Puerto Rico
1961 L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
1960 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon
1959 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
1956 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes
1956 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons
1954 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
1953 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, Florida (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1952 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 90 performances
1952 Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
1952 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone to retain heavyweight boxing title
1950 New York City's Port Authority opens
1949 Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris
1948 Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in New York City for perjury
1946 Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
1946 Giants Filchock and Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
1945 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest
1944 Hizbu'allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms
1944 U.S. Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star
1944 U.S. troops lands on Mindoro
1942 Massachusetts issues 1st U.S. vehicular license plate tabs
1941 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
1941 German submarine U-127 sinks
1941 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
1941 USS Swordfish becomes 1st U.S. submarine to sink a Japanese ship
1939 'Gone With the Wind' premieres in Atlanta
1939 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware
1939 Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Curacao
1938 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
1936 KVL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
1935 Detroit Lions win NFL championship
1935 Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Aljechin
1934 Fokker F18 Snip flies to Netherlands West Indies
1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
1930 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)
1929 Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro
1927 Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads
1926 Facist national symbol elevated in Italy
1925 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Mont Candiens 3, New York Americans 1
1925 1st road with a depressed trough (Texas) opens to traffic
1922 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
1919 Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo," premieres in New York City
1919 Fiume (Rijeka) declares its Independence
1918 American Jewish Congress holds its 1st meeting
1917 Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
1916 French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
1914 Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow
1914 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
1914 Swedish troops over run Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
1909 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
1899 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
1893 Dvoraks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall New York City
1891 James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)
1877 Thomas Edison patents phonograph
1874 1st reigning king to visit U.S. (of Hawaii) received by President Grant
1864 Battle of Nashville, TN
1864 Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon and Glade Springs, VA
1863 Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)
1859 GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun
1854 1st street-cleaning machine in U.S. 1st used in Philadelphia
1836 Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
1820 1st General pharmacopoeia in U.S. published, Boston
1815 Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia
1811 Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri
1810 1st Irish magazine in U.S., Shamrock, is published
1794 Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France
1792 1st life insurance policy issued in U.S. in Philadelphia
1791 1st U.S. law school established at University of Pennsylvania
1791 Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval
1745 Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen and Austria
1688 Lord Delamere sides with King James II
1680 Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal
1667 Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War
1664 English colonizing Connecticut
1660 Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan
1640 Duke of Braganca crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
1612 Simon Marius, is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
1593 State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft
1586 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
1582 Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens professor of botany/medicine
1582 Spanish Netherlands/Denmark/Norway adopt Gregorian calendar
1569 Westmoreland flees to Scotland
1488 Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope
1124 Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)
687 St. Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon