On This Day

What Happened on December 15

Important 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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Dec 15 in Film & TV

  • 1939 "Gone With The Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

Dec 15 in Music

  • 1955 "Folsom Prison Blues" single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)

Dec 15 in Sport

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

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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