Friday, December 15, 2017 (Week 50)

Today in History

What happened today in history?

Today is December 15. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.

This day in History

2005
F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter enters active service with the US Air Force.
2001
The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after an 11-year, $27 million project to fortify it without eliminating its famed lean.
1993
The Downing Street Declaration, issued jointly by UK and the Republic of Ireland, affirms the UK would transfer Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland only if a majority of Northern Ireland’s people approved.
1981
In what is often called the first modern suicide bombing, a suicide car bomb kills 61 people at the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; Iraq’s ambassador to Lebanon is among the casualties.
1978
US President Jimmy Carter announces the United States will recognize the People’s Republic of China and will sever all relations with Taiwan.
1976
The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant causes one of the worst marine oil spills in history when it runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1973
The American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.
1972
The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women.
1967
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the meat bill in the presence of Upton Sinclair, the author of the controversial book The Jungle.
1965
The United States drops 12 tons of bombs on an industrial center near Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam.
1961
Adolf Eichmann, the former German Gestapo official accused of a major role in the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews, is sentenced by a Jerusalem court to be hanged.
1946
Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh sends a note to the new French Premier, Leon Blum, asking for peace talks.
1944
The battle for Luzon begins.
1938
Washington sends its fourth note to Berlin demanding amnesty for Jews.
1924
The Soviet Union warns the United States against repeated entry of ships into Soviet territorial waters.
1920
China wins a place on the League Council; Austria is admitted.
1903
The British parliament places a 15-year ban on whale hunting in Norway.
1890
As U.S. Army soldiers attempt to arrest Sitting Bull at his cabin in Standing Rock, South Dakota, shooting breaks out and Lt. Bullhead shoots the great Sioux leader.
1864
The battle at Nashville begins.
1862
Nathan Bedford Forrest crosses the Tennessee River at Clifton with 2,500 men to raid the communications around Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1862
In New Orleans, Louisiana, Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler turns his command over to Nathaniel Banks. The citizens of New Orleans hold farewell parties for Butler, 'The Beast' – but only after he leaves.

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  • Charles M. Thomas
    11-26-2017 at 04:30 UTC

    I COULDN'T REMEMBER THE DAY IT WAS AND I CAME UPON YOUR SITE, I LIKE IT AND GOING TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS OLD AND YOUNG.

    ALSO LIKED "This Day in History" along with all the other information I can receive. Going to save this page and each morning it will be "REQUIRED READING".

    Sincerely,
    Chuck Thomas
    Butler, PA

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