Thursday, December 15, 2011

15th of December

Today is the 349th day of the year, with only 16 days remaining until the new year.

1791 - The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1864 - In the Battle of Nashville, Union forces under George H. Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of the Tennessee under John Bell Hood.

1914 - The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.

1933 - The Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.

1939 - Gone with the Wind, receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

1941 - German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

1945 - General Douglas MacArthur orders that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.

1965 - Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida.  Four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.

1973 - John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire, is found alive near Naples, Italy.  He is found after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10.

2000 - The third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.

2001 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27 million to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

2005 - Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into United States Air Force active service.

2006 - Marks the first flight of the F-25 Lightning II.

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