On This Day in History for December 15
Events in History
- 533 Byzantine General Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron
- 687 St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon
- 1124 Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)
- 1167 Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
- 1256 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia
- 1467 Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia
- 1488 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope
- 1569 Hunted by Queen Elizabeth I for treason in "The Rising of the North", Charles Neville, Earl of Westmorland, escapes to Scotland.
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Weddings in History
- 1875 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island
- 1960 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon
- 1983 British author Roald Dahl (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London
More Weddings in History
December in History
Heartbreak and Tragedy for Captain ScottBeaten to the South Pole by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on this day, only despair and death awaited British explorer Captain Robert Scott.
December 14, 1911
Bill of RightsThe bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
December 15, 1791
Picasso and FriendsManuel Ortiz de Zarate, Moïse Kisling, Max Jacob, Pablo Picasso and Pâquerette in Paris
December 15, 1916
The Tower that Twice Defied HitlerThe Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of France and twice managed to upstage Adolf Hitler. The man who built it, Gustave Eiffel was born on this day.
December 15, 1832