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This Day In History: Dec. 15

This Day in History

1791: The Bill of Rights goes into effect after being ratified by Virginia.
1890: Sioux leader Sitting Bull is killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers.
1917: The new Bolshevik government in Russia signs an armistice with the German government.
1961: An Israeli court convicts Adolf Eichmann of war crimes committed during World War II.
1981: Javier Pérez de Cuéllar is sworn in as secretary general of the United Nations.
1983: The last U.S. troops leave Grenada, which they entered in October after a Marxist coup there.
2000: Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma officially decommissions the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.
2005: Iraqi legislative elections give a group of Shiite Muslim religious parties the largest bloc of seats in the parliament.

Today's Birthdays

37 AD: Nero, Roman emperor (Antium—now Anzio, Italy; died 68 AD )
1832: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, engineer and designer of the Eiffel Tower (Dijon, France; died 1923)
1888: Maxwell Anderson, dramatist (Atlantic, PA; died 1959)
1892: J. Paul Getty, billionaire oilman (Minneapolis, MN; died 1976)
1916: Maurice H. Wilkins, biophysicist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA (Pongaroa, New Zealand; died 2004)
1918: Jeff Chandler, actor (Brooklyn, NY; died 1961)
1922: Philip Rieff, sociologist who examined the impact of Sigmund Freud's ideas on Western culture (Chicago, IL; died 2006)
1928: Friedensreich Hundertwasser, eccentric painter and architect (Vienna, Austria; died 2000)
1931: Edna O'Brien, author (Tuamgraney, Ireland)
1933: Tim Conway, actor/comedian (Willoughby, OH)
1942: Dave Clark, musician, member of the Dave Clark Five (London, England)
1949: Don Johnson, actor (Flat Creek, MO)
1968: Garrett Wang, actor (Riverside, CA)


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