15 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Nero, AD 37
  • Gustave Eiffel, 1832
  • Maxwell Anderson, 1888
  • J. Paul Getty, 1892
  • Cesar Romero, 1907
  • John Hammond, 1910
  • Jeff Chandler, 1918
  • Alan Freed, 1922
  • Edna O'Brien, 1930
  • Tim Conway, 1933
  • Dave Clark, 1942
  • Don Johnson, 1949
  • Mo Vaughn, 1967
  • Frankie Dettori, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • King Haakon IV of Norway, 1263
  • Jan Vermeer, 1675
  • Sir Izaac Walton, 1683
  • K.P.E. Bach, 1788
  • Sitting Bull Chief of Sioux killed, 1890
  • Fats Waller, 1943
  • Charles Laughton, 1962
  • Walt Disney, 1966
  • Jess Willard, 1968
  • Harry Hershfield, 1974
  • Jan Peerce, 1984
  • Oral Roberts, 2009
  • Bob Feller, 2010
  • Blake Edwards, 2010
  • Christopher Hitchens, 2011
  • Joan Fontaine, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1791 - Fifth Amendment passed prohibiting double jeopardy and compulsory self-incrimination.
  • 1791 - Bill of Rights becomes part of U.S. Constitution.
  • 1792 - America's first life insurance policy issued by Insurance Co. of North America in Philly.
  • 1874 - Society for the prevention of cruelty to children established in N.Y.
  • 1916 - Battle of Verdun ends; French troops break through German lines taking 7,500 prisoners.
  • 1939 - Nylon yarn first produced commercially in Delaware.
  • 1939 - 'Gone with the Wind' premieres at Loew's Grand, Atlanta GA.
  • 1960 - Teflon cookware first goes on sale at Macy's in New York; stock sells out in two days.
  • 1961 - Israeli court sentences Adolf Eichmann to die.
  • 1964 - Canadian Parliament adopts the maple leaf as the official symbol for the national flag.
  • 1973 - American Psychiatric Association reverses 100 year-old opinion that gays are mentally ill.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Mary di Rosa
  • Nino

Holiday:

  • Bill of Rights Day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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