On This Day

On This Day in History for December 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 Samoa becomes a member of the UN
  • 1978 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James

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1979 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi leaves US for Panama

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1979 World Court in Hague rules Iran should release all US hostages

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1979 Chris Haney and Scott Abbott develop the board game Trivial Pursuit

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • 1980 Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena
  • 1980 ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 yrs of administrative hassles in Warsaw
  • 1981 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503
  • 1982 Teamsters president Roy Williams and 4 others convicted of bribery
  • 1982 Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved
  • 1982 Spain reopens border with Gibraltar
  • 1983 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB
  • 1983 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • 1983 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Isn't It Romantic" premieres in NYC
  • 1984 USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet
  • 1986 150 killed during race riot in Karachi

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1986 CIA director William J. Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • 1986 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift
  • 1992 WNew AM (1130) NYC resigns air, replaced by WBBR
  • 1993 C-130 flies into a Philippines hill & explodes, 16 killed
  • 1993 Haitian premier Robert Malval resigns
  • 1993 Lee Aspen resigns as secretary of defense
  • 1993 Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 British Prime Minister John Major and Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major
  • 1994 John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier
  • 1994 Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia
  • 1994 Palau becomes a member of the UN
  • 1995 Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland
  • 2001 The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean
  • 2005 Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • 2005 Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
  • 2005 Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • 2005 The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.
  • 2006 First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
  • 2009 Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

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2011 Former French President Jacques Chirac is convicted of diverting public funds, receives a two-year suspended prison sentence

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac

  • 2012 18 Asylum seekers drown in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece from Turkey

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2013 Michelle Bachelet is re-elected President of Chile

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • 2013 China successfully lands its moon rover on the moon
  • 2015 1,000 schools closed in Los Angeles after a email threat, supposedly from jihadists
  • 2015 Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation
  • 2015 Fifth Republican presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2016 Ceasefire declared in Aleppo to allow hundreds to be evacutated from last rebel held area
  • 2016 White supremacist Dylann Roof is found guilty of the Charleston Church Massacre which killed 9
  • 2018 Diplomats from 200 countries agree to a set of rules to implement the UN Paris Climate Agreement in Katowice, Poland
  • 2018 Egyptian Archaeologists announce discovery of 4,400 year old tomb of Fifth Dynasty priest in Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo
  • 2018 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announces establishment of independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, splitting from Russian Orthodox
  • 2018 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2019 Longest ever UN climate talks end in Madrid with compromise deal on curbing carbon only, other targets deferred for a year
  • 2019 Protests against India's new citizenship bill that excludes Muslims, erupt across major cities, killing at least five
  • 2020 Russia revealed to have been behind massive cyberattack on US government agencies and private companies since the Spring
  • 2020 MacKenzie Scott announces she has given away more than $4 billion to 384 non profit organizations across the US

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