About December 15

December 15, 2021 is the 349th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 16 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 48 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 15

  • 533
    Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
  • 1467
    Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia.
  • 1868
    Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.
  • 1913
    Nicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires Convention.
  • 1914
    World War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
  • 1939
    Gone with the Wind receives its première at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • 1941
    Holocaust: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
  • 1946
    US-backed Iranian troops evict the leadership of the breakaway Republic of Mahabad, putting an end to the Iran crisis of 1946.
  • 1965
    Gemini program: 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.
  • 1967
    The Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people.
  • 1973
    The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
  • 1976
    Samoa becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1978
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People’s Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan
  • 1994
    Palau becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 2000
    The 3rd reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
  • 2005
    Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • 2006
    First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
  • 2009
    Boeing’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.
  • 2010
    A boat carrying 90 asylum seekers crashes into rocks off the coast of Christmas Island, Australia, killing at least 30 passengers.

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