What Happened on December 15

Significant Events

  • 533 Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron
  • 1256 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia
  • 1488 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the 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
  • 1840 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
  • 1973 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
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Did You Know?

State of Holland grants patent on windmill with a crankshaft

On December 15, 1593

Would You Believe?

Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)

On December 15, 1970

Famous Weddings

  • 1875 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1933 Actor Gary Cooper (32) weds actress Veronica Balfe (20) in Park Avenue, New York City
  • 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 (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

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
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