15 December

December 15 is the 349th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 16 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about December 15th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 15th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Cat Herders Day
  • International Tea Day
  • National Lemon Cupcake Day

Historic Events

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Ratified on December 5 of the same year, the amendment repealed the prohibition on alcohol in the United States which had come into force on January 17, 1920, when the 18th amendment took effect.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

1941: Jewish women before their execution in Skede, Latvia, December 15-17, 1941.

Jewish women before their execution in Skede, Latvia, December 15-17, 1941.
Jewish women before their execution in Skede, Latvia, December 15-17, 1941.

Famous Birthdays

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

Heartbreaking Deaths

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

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