About December 15

December 15, 2024 is the 350th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 16 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 45 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 15

  • 1167
    Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
  • 1791
    The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • 1868
    Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.
  • 1914
    World War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
  • 1933
    The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    The Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands is signed.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    South Korean ferry Namyong Ho capsizes off Korean Strait killing 308.
  • 1970
    Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully land on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet
  • 1973
    John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10, 1973.
  • 1976
    Samoa becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1976
    The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts, causing one of the worst marine oil spills in history.
  • 1997
    A chartered Tupolev TU-154 from Tajikistan crashes in the desert near Sharja, United Arab Emirates airport killing 85.
  • 1997
    The Treaty of Bangkok is signed allowing the transformation of Southeast Asia into a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
  • 2005
    Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • 2010
    A boat carrying 90 asylum seekers crashes into rocks off the coast of Christmas Island, Australia, killing at least 30 passengers.
  • 2011
    American forces withdraw from Iraq after a 9-year long campaign.

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