Today in History: December 15. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

1862   Nathan Bedford Forrest crosses the Tennessee River at Clifton with 2,500 men to raid the communications around Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1862   In New Orleans, Louisiana, Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler turns his command over to Nathaniel Banks. The citizens of New Orleans hold farewell parties for Butler, "The Beast" – but only after he leaves.
1864   The battle at Nashville begins.
1890   As U.S. Army soldiers attempt to arrest Sitting Bull at his cabin in Standing Rock, South Dakota, shooting breaks out and Lt. Bullhead shoots the great Sioux leader.
1903   The British parliament places a 15-year ban on whale hunting in Norway.
1920   China wins a place on the League Council; Austria is admitted.
1924   The Soviet Union warns the United States against repeated entry of ships into Soviet territorial waters.
1938   Washington sends its fourth note to Berlin demanding amnesty for Jews.
1944   The battle for Luzon begins.
1946   Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh sends a note to the new French Premier, Leon Blum, asking for peace talks.
1961   Adolf Eichmann, the former German Gestapo official accused of a major role in the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews, is sentenced by a Jerusalem court to be hanged.
1965   The United States drops 12 tons of bombs on an industrial center near Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam.
1967   President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the meat bill in the presence of Upton Sinclair, the author of the controversial book The Jungle.
1972   The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women.
1973   The American Psychiatric Association votes 130 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.
1976   The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant causes one of the worst marine oil spills in history when it runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1978   US President Jimmy Carter announces the United States will recognize the People’s Republic of China and will sever all relations with Taiwan.
1981   In what is often called the first modern suicide bombing, a suicide car bomb kills 61 people at the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; Iraq’s ambassador to Lebanon is among the casualties.
1993   The Downing Street Declaration, issued jointly by UK and the Republic of Ireland, affirms the UK would transfer Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland only if a majority of Northern Ireland’s people approved.
2001   The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after an 11-year, $27 million project to fortify it without eliminating its famed lean.
2005   F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter enters active service with the US Air Force.
Born on December 15
37   Nero Claudius Caesar, emperor of Rome, blamed for the great fire of Rome.
1832   Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, designer of the famous tower in Paris.
1883   William A. Hinton, developer of the "Hinton Test" for diagnosing syphilis.
1892   J. Paul Getty, American oilman and art collector..
1907   Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect who designed the Uited Nations Headquarters building.
1911   Nicholas P. Dallis, a psychiatrist turner comic strip writer who created the long-running strips Rex Morgan, M.D., Judge Parker, and Apartment 3-G.
1916   Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-English physicist and molecular biologist; received Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1962).
1919   Max Yasgur, whose New York farm became the site of the Woodstock music festival in August 1969.
1923   Uziel Gal, German-Israeli firearm designer, best known for designing the Uzi submachine gun.
1933   Tim Conway, actor, screenwriter, producer, known for his comedic roles in TV and film that he frequently improvised (The Carol Burnett Show TV series).
1942   Dave Clark, singer, songwriter, drummer, producer; lead singer of The Dave Clark Five.
1979   Adam Brody, actor (Gilmore Girls and The O.C. TV series).


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