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On this day in history - December 15

What Happened On This Day – December 15

  • 2009 Maiden flight of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Considered to be one of Boeing's most fuel-efficient airplanes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has suffered from problems associated with its lithium-ion batteries.

  • 1978 US recognizes China

    30 years after the creation of the People's Republic of China, President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States would formally recognize the communist country starting January 1, 1979. The announcement also called for the severing of relations with Taiwan, a position that was quickly reversed under protests.

  • 1939 Premier of the Gone with the Wind

    The award winning film was adapted from the Pulitzer winner Margaret Mitchell's book by the same name.

  • 1933 Twenty-first Amendment to U.S. Constitution comes into effect

    Ratified on December 5 of the same year, the amendment repealed the prohibition on alcohol in the United States which had come into force on January 17, 1920, when the 18th amendment took effect.

  • 1791 U.S. Bill of Rights becomes law

    The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights. They became law after Virginia ratified the amendments.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
December 15

  • 1986 Junsu

    South Korean singer-songwriter, actor

  • 1979 Eric Young

    Canadian wrestler

  • 1928 Friedensreich Hundertwasser

    Austrian/New Zealand painter, architect, designed the Kuchlbauer Tower, Waldspirale

  • 1907 Oscar Niemeyer

    Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters, Cathedral of Brasília

  • 37 Nero

    Roman Emperor

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Deaths On This Day,
December 15

  • 2013 Harold Camping

    American broadcaster, author

  • 2011 Christopher Hitchens

    English/American journalist, author

  • 2010 Bob Feller

    American baseball player

  • 1966 Walt Disney

    American animator, director, screenwriter, producer, co-founded The Company

  • 1950 Vallabhbhai Patel

    Indian activist, politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India