On This Day for 15th December

Historical Events

  • 533 Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
  • 1256 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
  • 1488 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round Cape of Good Hope
  • 1612 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
  • 1791 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval. Becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
  • 1973 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness

Did You Know?

State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft

On December 15th, 1593

Famous Weddings

  • 1875 Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1944 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.
  • 1960 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon
  • 1983 Author Roald Dahl (36) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London
  • 1985 Actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1942 Actress Mary Astor (36) divorces film editor Manuel del Campo (29) after more than 4 years of marriage
  • 2008 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage
  • 2010 Nip/Tuck actor Dylan Walsh (47) divorces actress Joana Going (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage