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.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia.
  • 1791
    The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • 1868
    Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.
  • 1905
    The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin
  • 1914
    World War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
  • 1917
    World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    US-backed Iranian troops evict the leadership of the breakaway Republic of Mahabad, putting an end to the Iran crisis of 1946.
  • 1961
    In Jerusalem, Adolph Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts, causing one of the worst marine oil spills in history.
  • 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
  • 1993
    History of Northern Ireland: The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
  • 1997
    A chartered Tupolev TU-154 from Tajikistan crashes in the desert near Sharja, United Arab Emirates airport killing 85.
  • 2000
    The 3rd reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
  • 2001
    The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
  • 2005
    Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.

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