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- 12/14/18--21:00: EVENTS OF THIS DAY IN THE PAST. 15/12
- 533 – Vandalic War: Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Tricamarum.
- 687 – Pope Sergius I is elected.
- 1025 – Constantine VIII becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire, 63 years after being crowned co-emperor.
- 1161 – Jin–Song wars: Military officers conspire against the emperor Wanyan Liang of the Jin dynasty after a military defeat at the Battle of Caishi, and assassinate the emperor at his camp.
- 1167 – Sicilian Chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
- 1256 – Mongol forces under the command of Hulagu Khan enter and destroy the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut Castle (in present-day Iran) as part of their offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
- 1467 – Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.
- 1651 – Castle Cornet in Guernsey, the last stronghold which had supported the King in the Third English Civil War, surrenders.
- 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.
- 1851 – Monster Meeting, Australia - approximately, 10,000 to 15,000 diggers took place on 15 December 1851, at the Shepherd's Hut, Forest Creek.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: The Army of the Cumberland finishes the Army of Tennessee as a combat unit.
- 1890 – Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.
- 1905 – The Pushkin House is established in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin.
- 1906 – The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.
- 1914 – World War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
- 1914 – A gas explosion at Mitsubishi Hōjō coal mine, in Kyushu, Japan, kills 687.
- 1917 – World War I: An armistice between Russia and the Central Powers is signed.
- 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 (highest inflation adjusted grossing film) receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
- 1941 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobytsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv.
- 1942 – World War II: The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign.
- 1943 – World War II: The Battle of Arawe begins during the New Britain campaign.
- 1945 – Occupation of Japan/Shinto Directive: General Douglas MacArthur orders that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.
- 1960 – Richard Pavlick is arrested for plotting to assassinate U.S. President-Elect John F. Kennedy.
- 1960 – King Mahendra of Nepal suspends the country's constitution, dissolves parliament, dismisses the cabinet, and imposes direct rule.
- 1961 – Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty by an Israeli court of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and membership of an outlawed organization.
- 1965 – Project Gemini: 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.
- 1970 – Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet
- 1970 – A South Korean ferry, Namyong Ho, capsizes in the Korea Strait, killing more than 300 people.
- 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 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
- 1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan
- 1981 – A suicide car bombing targeting the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, levels the embassy and kills 61 people, including Iraq's ambassador to Lebanon. The attack is considered the first modern suicide bombing.
- 1989 – Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights relating the abolition of capital punishment is adopted.
- 1993 – The Troubles: The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
- 1997 – Tajikistan Airlines Flight 3183 crashes in the desert near Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, killing 85.
- 2000 – The third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
- 2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean.
- 2005 – Introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
- 2010 – A boat carrying 90 asylum seekers crashes into rocks off the coast of Christmas Island, Australia, killing 48 people.
- 2013 – The South Sudanese Civil War begins when opposition leaders Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and Rebecca Nyandeng vote to boycott the meeting of the National Liberation Council at Nyakuron.
- 2014 – Gunman Man Haron Monis takes 18 hostages inside a café in Martin Place for 16 hours in Sydney. Monis and two hostages are killed when police raid the café the following morning.
- 2017 – The 6.5Mw Java earthquake struck the Java Island in the city of Tasikmalaya. 4 confirmed deaths, 36 injured, and 200 displaced.
- AD 37 – Nero, Roman emperor (d. 68)
- 130 – Lucius Verus, Roman emperor (d. 169)
- 1242 – Prince Munetaka, Japanese shōgun (d. 1274)
- 1447 – Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1508)
- 1567 – Christoph Demantius, German composer, poet, and theorist (d. 1643)
- 1610 – David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (d. 1690)
- 1657 – Michel Richard Delalande, French organist and composer (d. 1726)
- 1686 – Jean-Joseph Fiocco, Flemish violinist and composer (d. 1746)
- 1710 – Francesco Zahra, Maltese painter (d. 1773)
- 1789 – Carlos Soublette, Venezuelan general and politician, 11th President of Venezuela (d. 1870)
- 1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)
- 1837 – E. W. Bullinger, English minister, scholar, and theologian (d. 1913)
- 1852 – Henri Becquerel, French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1908)
- 1859 – L. L. Zamenhof, Polish linguist and ophthalmologist, created Esperanto (d. 1917)
- 1860 – Niels Ryberg Finsen, Faroese-Danish physician and educator, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1904)
- 1860 – Abner Powell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1953)
- 1861 – Charles Duryea, American engineer and businessman, co-founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company (d. 1938)
- 1861 – Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Finnish lawyer, judge, and politician, 3rd President of Finland (d. 1944)
- 1863 – Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)
- 1869 – Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist and academic (d. 1946)
- 1875 – Emilio Jacinto, Filipino journalist and activist (d. 1899)
- 1878 – Hans Carossa, German author and poet (d. 1956)
- 1885 – Leonid Pitamic, Slovenian lawyer, philosopher, and academic (d. 1971)
- 1888 – Maxwell Anderson, American journalist and playwright (d. 1959)
- 1890 – Harry Babcock, American pole vaulter (d. 1965)
- 1891 – A.P. Carter, American country singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1960)
- 1892 – J. Paul Getty, American-English businessman and art collector, founded Getty Oil (d. 1976)
- 1894 – Vibert Douglas, Canadian astrophysicist and astronomer (d. 1988)
- 1894 – Josef Imbach, Swiss sprinter (d. 1964)
- 1896 – Betty Smith, American author and playwright (d. 1972)
- 1899 – Harold Abrahams, English sprinter, lawyer, and journalist (d. 1978)
- 1902 – Robert F. Bradford, American lawyer and politician, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
- 1903 – Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (d. 1938)
- 1907 – Gordon Douglas, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
- 1907 – Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and the Cathedral of Brasília (d. 2012)
- 1908 – Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk, scholar, and author (d. 2005)
- 1909 – Sattar Bahlulzade, Azerbaijani-Russian painter (d. 1974)
- 1909 – Eliza Atkins Gleason, African American librarian (d. 2009)
- 1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)
- 1911 – Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and illustrator (d. 1991)
- 1911 – Stan Kenton, American pianist and composer (d. 1979)
- 1913 – Roger Gaudry, Canadian chemist and businessman (d. 2001)
- 1913 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, academic, and activist (d. 1980)
- 1916 – Miguel Arraes, Brazilian lawyer and politician, Governor of Pernambuco (d. 2005)
- 1916 – Buddy Cole, American pianist and conductor (d. 1964)
- 1916 – Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-English physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
- 1917 – Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Indian-Pakistani linguist and lexicographer (d. 2005)
- 1918 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)
- 1918 – Chihiro Iwasaki, Japanese painter and illustrator (d. 1974)
- 1919 – Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)
- 1920 – Gamal al-Banna, Egyptian author and scholar (d. 2013)
- 1920 – Kurt Schaffenberger, German-American sergeant and illustrator (d. 2002)
- 1921 – Alan Freed, American radio host (d. 1965)
- 1923 – Pierre Cossette, American producer and manager (d. 2009)
- 1923 – Freeman Dyson, English-American physicist and mathematician
- 1923 – Uziel Gal, German-Israeli engineer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)
- 1923 – Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and politician (d. 2009)
- 1924 – Frank W. J. Olver, English-American mathematician and academic (d. 2013)
- 1924 – Ruhi Sarıalp, Turkish triple jumper and educator (d. 2001)
- 1925 – Kasey Rogers, American actress and author (d. 2006)
- 1928 – Ernest Ashworth, American singer-songwriter (d. 2009)
- 1928 – Ida Haendel, Polish-English violinist and educator
- 1928 – Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-New Zealand painter and architect (d. 2000)
- 1930 – Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer
- 1931 – Klaus Rifbjerg, Danish author and poet (d. 2015)
- 1932 – Jesse Belvin, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1960)
- 1932 – John Meurig Thomas, Welsh chemist and academic
- 1933 – Bapu, Indian director and screenwriter (d. 2014)
- 1933 – Tim Conway, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
- 1933 – Donald Woods, South African journalist and activist (d. 2001)
- 1936 – Joe D'Amato, Italian director and producer (d. 1999)
- 1938 – Michael Bogdanov, Welsh director and screenwriter
- 1938 – Bob Foster, American boxer and police officer (d. 2015)
- 1938 – Billy Shaw, American football player
- 1939 – Cindy Birdsong, American singer-songwriter
- 1940 – Nick Buoniconti, American football player and sportscaster
- 1942 – Kathleen Blanco, American educator and politician, 54th Governor of Louisiana
- 1942 – Dave Clark, English drummer, songwriter, and producer
- 1943 – Lucien den Arend, Dutch sculptor
- 1944 – Jim Leyland, American baseball player and manager
- 1944 – Chico Mendes, Brazilian trade union leader and activist (d. 1988)
- 1945 – Heather Booth, American civil rights activist, feminist, and political strategist
- 1945 – Ivor Crewe, English political scientist and academic
- 1946 – Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter
- 1946 – Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
- 1949 – Don Johnson, American actor
- 1949 – Brian Roper, English economist and academic
- 1950 – Melanie Chartoff, American actress and comedian
- 1950 – Sylvester James Gates, American theoretical physicist and professor
- 1951 – George Donikian, Australian journalist
- 1951 – Joe Jordan, Scottish footballer and manager
- 1951 – Tim Webster, Australian journalist and sportscaster
- 1952 – Rudi Protrudi, American singer-songwriter and producer
- 1952 – Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer and manager
- 1952 – Julie Taymor, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1953 – John R. Allen, American general and diplomat
- 1953 – J. M. DeMatteis, American author
- 1953 – Robert Charles Wilson, American-Canadian author
- 1954 – Oliver Heald, English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales
- 1954 – Mark Warner, American businessman and politician, 69th Governor of Virginia
- 1955 – Hector Sants, English banker
- 1955 – Paul Simonon, English singer-songwriter and bass player
- 1956 – Tony Leon, South African lawyer and politician
- 1957 – Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- 1957 – Mike McAlary, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
- 1957 – Laura Molina, American singer, guitarist, actress, and painter
- 1957 – Tim Reynolds, German-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1958 – Carlo J. Caparas, Filipino director and producer
- 1958 – Richard Kastle, American classical pianist
- 1959 – Greg Matthews, Australian cricketer
- 1959 – Alan Whetton, New Zealand rugby player
- 1959 – Gary Whetton, New Zealand rugby player
- 1960 – Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer and producer
- 1961 – Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist and politician
- 1962 – Tim Gaines, American bass player
- 1962 – Simon Hodgkinson, English rugby player and coach
- 1963 – Norman J. Grossfeld, American screenwriter and producer
- 1963 – Helen Slater, American actress
- 1963 – David Wingate, American basketball player
- 1964 – Paul Kaye, British Actor
- 1966 – Carl Hooper, Guyanese cricketer and coach
- 1967 – David Howells, English footballer and coach
- 1967 – Mo Vaughn, American baseball player
- 1969 – Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair racer
- 1969 – Adam Setliff, American discus thrower and lawyer
- 1970 – Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey
- 1970 – Lawrence Funderburke, American basketball player
- 1970 – Michael Shanks, Canadian actor, screenwriter and director
- 1971 – Clint Lowery, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- 1972 – Rodney Harrison, American football player and sportscaster
- 1972 – Stuart Townsend, Irish actor
- 1973 – Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
- 1973 – Ryoo Seung-wan, South Korean actor, director, and screenwriter
- 1974 – Gareth Archer, English rugby player
- 1976 – Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer and manager
- 1976 – Aaron Miles, American baseball player and coach
- 1976 – Todd Tichenor, American baseball player and umpire
- 1977 – Mehmet Aurélio, Brazilian-Turkish footballer and manager
- 1977 – Geoff Stults, American actor and producer
- 1978 – Ned Brower, American drummer
- 1978 – Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist and songwriter
- 1978 – Jerome McDougle, American football player
- 1979 – Adam Brody, American actor
- 1979 – Eric Young, Canadian-American wrestler
- 1980 – Sergio Pizzorno, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1980 – Manuel Wilhelm, German rugby player
- 1981 – Michelle Dockery, English actress
- 1981 – Brendan Fletcher, Canadian actor and screenwriter
- 1981 – Andy González, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
- 1981 – Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
- 1981 – Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian footballer
- 1982 – Charlie Cox, English actor
- 1982 – Borja García, Spanish race car driver
- 1982 – Tatiana Perebiynis, Ukrainian tennis player
- 1983 – Delon Armitage, Trinidadian-English rugby player
- 1983 – Camilla Luddington, English actress
- 1983 – Ronnie Radke, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- 1984 – Martyn Bernard, English high jumper
- 1985 – Diogo Fernandes, Brazilian footballer
- 1986 – Kim Junsu, South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer
- 1986 – Iveta Mazáčová, Czech sprinter
- 1986 – Keylor Navas, Costa Rican footballer
- 1986 – Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian model
- 1988 – Steven Nzonzi, French footballer
- 1992 – Daiamami Genki, Japanese sumo wrestler
- 1992 – Jesse Lingard, English footballer
- 1996 – Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ukrainian footballer
- 1997 – Zach Banks, American race car driver
- 1997 – Magdalena Fręch, Polish tennis player
- 933 – Li Siyuan, Chinese emperor (d. 867)
- 1025 – Basil II, Byzantine emperor (b. 958)
- 1072 – Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan (b. 1029)
- 1161 – Wanyan Liang, Chinese emperor (b. 1122)
- 1230 – Ottokar I, duke of Bohemia (b. 1155)
- 1283 – Philip I, Latin emperor (b. 1243)
- 1343 – Hasan Kucek, Chopanid prince (b. c. 1319)
- 1467 – Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna, archbishop and regent of Sweden (b. 1417)
- 1574 – Selim II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1524)
- 1598 – Philips of Marnix, Lord of Saint-Aldegonde, Dutch nobleman (b. 1540)
- 1621 – Charles d'Albert, duc de Luynes, French courtier, Constable of France (b. 1578)
- 1673 – Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, English noblewoman (b. 1623)
- 1675 – Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter and educator (b. 1632)
- 1683 – Izaak Walton, English author (b. 1593)
- 1688 – Gaspar Fagel, Dutch lawyer and politician (b. 1634)
- 1688 – Louis Victor de Rochechouart de Mortemart, French nobleman (b. 1636)
- 1715 – George Hickes, English minister and scholar (b. 1642)
- 1753 – Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect and politician, designed Chiswick House (b. 1694)
- 1792 – Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish pianist, violinist, and composer (b. 1756)
- 1812 – Shneur Zalman, Russian rabbi, author and founder of Chabad (b. 1745)
- 1819 – Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (b. 1749)
- 1855 – Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician and academic (b. 1803)
- 1878 – Alfred Bird, English chemist and businessman, invented baking powder (b. 1811)
- 1890 – Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota tribal chief (b. 1831)
- 1943 – Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1904)
- 1944 – Glenn Miller, American bandleader and composer (b. 1904)
- 1947 – Arthur Machen, Welsh journalist and author (b. 1863)
- 1947 – Crawford Vaughan, Australian politician, 27th Premier of South Australia (b. 1874)
- 1950 – Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India (b. 1875)
- 1958 – Wolfgang Pauli, Austrian-Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
- 1962 – Charles Laughton, English-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1899)
- 1965 – M. Balasundaram, Sri Lankan journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1903)
- 1966 – Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott, Indian-Scottish general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire (b. 1897)
- 1966 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)
- 1968 – Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, 18th Premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
- 1968 – Jess Willard, American boxer and actor (b. 1881)
- 1969 – Karl Theodor Bleek, German lawyer and politician, 12th Mayor of Marburg (b. 1898)
- 1971 – Paul Lévy, French mathematician and theorist (b. 1886)
- 1974 – Anatole Litvak, Russian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1902)
- 1977 – Wilfred Kitching, English 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
- 1978 – Chill Wills, American actor (b. 1903)
- 1984 – Jan Peerce, American tenor and actor (b. 1904)
- 1985 – Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritian physician and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Mauritius (b. 1900)
- 1986 – Serge Lifar, Russian-French ballet dancer and choreographer
- 1989 – Edward Underdown, English actor and jockey (b. 1908)
- 1991 – Vasily Zaytsev, Russian captain (b. 1915)
- 1993 – William Dale Phillips, American chemist and engineer (b. 1925)
- 2000 – Haris Brkić, Bosnian-Serbian basketball player (b. 1974)
- 2003 – Vincent Apap, Maltese sculptor (b. 1909)
- 2003 – George Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1923)
- 2003 – Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1947)
- 2004 – Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan educator and politician, Speaker of the Nauru Parliament (b. 1943)
- 2005 – Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician and psychiatrist (b. 1914)
- 2005 – Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
- 2005 – William Proxmire, American soldier, journalist, and politician (b. 1915)
- 2005 – Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
- 2006 – Clay Regazzoni, Swiss race car driver (b. 1939)
- 2006 – Mary Stolz, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
- 2007 – Julia Carson, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
- 2008 – León Febres Cordero, Ecuadorian engineer and politician, 46th President of Ecuador (b. 1931)
- 2009 – Eliza Atkins Gleason, African American librarian (b. 1909)
- 2009 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist, founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (b. 1918)
- 2010 – Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
- 2010 – Bob Feller, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1918)
- 2010 – Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American psychoanalyst and theorist (b. 1940)
- 2011 – Bob Brookmeyer, American trombone player and composer (b. 1929)
- 2011 – Christopher Hitchens, English-American essayist, literary critic, and journalist (b. 1949)
- 2012 – Owoye Andrew Azazi, Nigerian general (b. 1952)
- 2012 – Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, Nigerian politician, 18th Governor of Kaduna State (b. 1948)
- 2012 – Olga Zubarry, Argentinian actress (b. 1929)
- 2013 – Harold Camping, American evangelist, author, radio host (b. 1921)
- 2013 – Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (b. 1917)
- 2013 – Dyron Nix, American basketball player (b. 1967)
- 2014 – Donald Metcalf, Australian physiologist and immunologist (b. 1929)
- 2014 – Fausto Zapata, Mexican journalist, lawyer, and politician, Governor of San Luis Potosí (b. 1940)
- 2015 – Harry Zvi Tabor, English-Israeli physicist and engineer (b. 1917)
- 2017 – Heinz Wolff, scientist and TV presenter (b. 1928)
- 2017 – Calestous Juma, academic (b. 1953)
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- 12/15/18--23:08: EVENTS OF THIS DAY IN THE PAST. 16/12
- 714 – Pepin of Herstal, mayor of the Merovingian palace, dies at Jupille (modern Belgium). He is succeeded by his infant grandson Theudoald while his wife Plectrude holds actual power in the Frankish Kingdom.
- 755 – An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Yanjing, initiating the An Lushan Rebellion during the Tang dynasty of China.
- 1431 – Hundred Years' War: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
- 1497 – Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
- 1575 – An earthquake with an estimated of 8.5Mw strikes Valdivia, Chile.
- 1598 – Seven-Year War: Battle of Noryang: The final battle of the Seven-Year War is fought between the China and the Korean allied forces and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive allied forces victory.
- 1653 – English Interregnum: The Protectorate: Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
- 1689 – Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.
- 1761 – Seven Years' War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kołobrzeg.
- 1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
- 1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
- 1826 – Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
- 1838 – Great Trek: Battle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
- 1843 – The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date.
- 1850 – The Charlotte Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
- 1863 – American Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaces Braxton Bragg as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: Major General George Thomas's Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee.
- 1880 – Outbreak of the First Boer War between the Boer South African Republic and the British Empire.
- 1883 – Tonkin Campaign: French forces capture the Sơn Tây citadel.
- 1901 – Beatrix Potter privately publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It goes on to sell over 45 million copies worldwide.
- 1903 – Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first opens its doors to guests.
- 1907 – The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.
- 1912 – First Balkan War: The Royal Hellenic Navy defeats the Ottoman Navy at the Battle of Elli.
- 1914 – World War I: Admiral Franz von Hipper commands a raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby.
- 1918 – Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic; it is dissolved in 1919.
- 1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake of 8.5Mw , rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.
- 1922 – President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
- 1930 – Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana.
- 1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
- 1938 – Adolf Hitler institutes the Cross of Honour of the German Mother.
- 1941 – World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak.
- 1941 – World War II: The Japanese super-battleship IJN Yamato is commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy and transfers the title of Flagship from IJN Nagato.
- 1942 – The Holocaust: Schutzstaffel chief Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.
- 1944 – World War II: The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
- 1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
- 1950 – Korean War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman declares a state of emergency, after Chinese troops enter the fight in support of communist North Korea.
- 1960 – A United Airlines Douglas DC-8 and a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation collide over Staten Island, New York and crash, killing all 128 people aboard both aircraft and six more on the ground.
- 1965 – Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.
- 1968 – Second Vatican Council: Official revocation of the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain.
- 1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan Army brings an end to both conflicts. This is commemorated annually as Victory Day in Bangladesh, and as Vijay Diwas in India.
- 1971 – The United Kingdom recognizes Bahrain's independence, which is commemorated annually as Bahrain's National Day.
- 1978 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.
- 1979 – Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, which has an immediate, dramatic effect on the United States.
- 1985 – Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family.
- 1989 – Romanian Revolution: Protests break out in Timișoara, Romania, in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor László Tőkés.
- 1989 – U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Smith Vance is assassinated by a mail bomb sent by Walter Leroy Moody, Jr.
- 1991 – Kazakhstan declares independence from the Soviet Union.
- 2000 – The December 2000 Tuscaloosa tornado, an F4 tornado, kills 11 and injures over 125 others in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Damages from the tornado totaled $35 million. Sixteen other tornadoes also touched down, with an additional fatality occurring in Geneva.
- 2013 – A bus falls from an elevated highway in the Philippines capital Manila killing at least 18 people with 20 injured.
- 2014 – Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants attacked an Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 145 people, mostly schoolchildren.
- 1364 – Emperor Manuel III of Trebizond (d. 1417)
- 1485 – Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess and English Queen (d. 1536)
- 1534 – Hans Bol, Flemish artist (d. 1593)
- 1582 – Robert Bertie, 1st Earl of Lindsey (d. 1642)
- 1584 – John Selden, English jurist and scholar (d. 1654)
- 1585 – Livia della Rovere, Italian noble (d. 1641)
- 1605 – Jerome Weston, 2nd Earl of Portland, English diplomat (d. 1663)
- 1614 – Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1674)
- 1630 – Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort, British botanist (d. 1715)
- 1714 – George Whitefield, English Anglican priest (d. 1770)
- 1716 – Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini, French poet and diplomat (d. 1798)
- 1717 – Elizabeth Carter, English poet and scholar (d. 1806)
- 1730 – Diego Silang, Filipino revolutionary leader (d. 1763)
- 1742 – Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, German field marshal (d. 1819)
- 1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (d. 1827)
- 1775 – Jane Austen, English novelist (d. 1817)
- 1775 – François-Adrien Boieldieu, French pianist and composer (d. 1834)
- 1776 – Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1810)
- 1778 – John Ordronaux, French-American soldier (d. 1841)
- 1787 – Mary Russell Mitford, English author and playwright (d. 1855)
- 1790 – Leopold I of Belgium (d. 1865)
- 1804 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1889)
- 1812 – Stuart Donaldson, English-Australian politician, 1st Premier of New South Wales (d. 1867)
- 1834 – Léon Walras, French-Swiss economist and theorist (d. 1910)
- 1836 – Ernst von Bergmann, Latvian-German surgeon and academic (d. 1907)
- 1861 – Antonio de La Gándara, French painter and illustrator (d. 1917)
- 1863 – George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet (d. 1952)
- 1865 – Olavo Bilac, Brazilian journalist and poet (d. 1918)
- 1866 – Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and theorist (d. 1944)
- 1867 – Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary and humanitarian (d. 1951)
- 1869 – Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian physician and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1952)
- 1869 – Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)
- 1872 – Anton Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
- 1882 – Jack Hobbs, English cricketer and journalist (d. 1963)
- 1882 – Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer, conductor, and musicologist (d. 1967)
- 1882 – Walther Meissner, German physicist and engineer (d. 1974)
- 1883 – Károly Kós, Hungarian-Romanian architect, ethnologist, and politician (d. 1977)
- 1883 – Max Linder, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1925)
- 1884 – John Gunn, Australian politician, 29th Premier of South Australia (d. 1959)
- 1884 – Seibo Kitamura, Japanese sculptor (d. 1987)
- 1888 – Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
- 1888 – Alphonse Juin, Algerian-French general (d. 1967)
- 1889 – Kim Chwa-chin, South Korean guerrilla leader (d. 1930)
- 1895 – Marie Hall Ets, American author and illustrator (d. 1984)
- 1896 - Anna Anderson, an imposter who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia (d. 1984)
- 1899 – Noël Coward, English actor, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)
- 1900 – Lucille Lortel, American actress and producer (d. 1999)
- 1900 – V. S. Pritchett, British writer and literary critic (d. 1997)
- 1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (d. 1978)
- 1902 – Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1999)
- 1903 – Hardie Albright, American actor (d. 1975)
- 1903 – Harold Whitlock, English race walker and coach (d. 1985)
- 1905 – Piet Hein, Danish mathematician, author, and poet (d. 1996)
- 1907 – Barbara Kent, Canadian-born American film actress (d. 2011)
- 1908 – Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter & anarchist (d. 1963)
- 1910 – Freddie Brown, Peruvian-English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1991)
- 1913 – George Ignatieff, Russian-Canadian scholar and diplomat, 8th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1989)
- 1914 – O. Winston Link, American photographer (d. 2001)
- 1916 – Ruth Johnson Colvin, American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide
- 1917 – Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Pakistani author and scholar (d. 2011)
- 1917 – Pete T. Cenarrusa, American soldier, pilot, and politician, Secretary of State of Idaho (d. 2013)
- 1917 – Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer (d. 2008)
- 1920 – Frederick Rotimi Williams, Nigerian lawyer and politician (d. 2005)
- 1921 – Eulalio González, Mexican singer-songwriter, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)
- 1922 – Cy Leslie, American record producer, founded Pickwick Records (d. 2008)
- 1923 – Menahem Pressler, German-American pianist (Beaux Arts Trio)
- 1923 – Ernst Florian Winter, Austrian-American historian and political scientist (d. 2014)
- 1924 – Nicolas Sidjakov, Latvian-American illustrator (d. 1993)
- 1926 – James McCracken, American tenor and actor (d. 1988)
- 1926 – A. N. R. Robinson, Trinidadian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)
- 1926 – Jeffrey Stone, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)
- 1927 – Peter Dickinson, Rhodesian-English author and poet (d. 2015)
- 1927 – Randall Garrett, American author and poet (d. 1987)
- 1928 – Terry Carter, American actor, director, and producer
- 1928 – Philip K. Dick, American philosopher and author (d. 1982)
- 1928 – Friedrich Wilhelm Schnitzler, german landowner, politician (CDU), manager and business man (d. 2011)
- 1929 – Nicholas Courtney, Egyptian-English actor (d. 2011)
- 1930 – Bill Brittain, American author (d. 2011)
- 1930 – Sam Most, American flute player and saxophonist (d. 2013)
- 1930 – Bill Young, American sergeant and politician (d. 2013)
- 1932 – Quentin Blake, English author and illustrator
- 1932 – Grace Alele-Williams, Nigerian mathematician and academic
- 1932 – Lin Zhao, Chinese dissident and Christian executed during the Cultural Revolution (d. 1968)
- 1936 – Morris Dees, American lawyer and activist, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center
- 1937 – Joyce Bulifant, American actress
- 1937 – Edward Ruscha, American painter and photographer
- 1938 – Frank Deford, American journalist and author (d. 2017)
- 1938 – Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress, director, and screenwriter
- 1939 – Philip Langridge, English tenor (d. 2010)
- 1939 – Gordon Miller, English high jumper
- 1940 – Alighiero Boetti, Italian painter (d. 1994)
- 1941 – Lesley Stahl, American journalist and actress
- 1941 – Roger Neil Wheeler, English general
- 1942 – Donald Carcieri, American educator and politician, 73rd Governor of Rhode Island
- 1943 – Steven Bochco, American television writer and producer (d. 2018)
- 1944 – Jeff Kanew, American director and screenwriter
- 1944 – Don Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
- 1945 – Patti Deutsch, American actress and comedian (d. 2017)
- 1945 – Tony Hicks, English singer and guitarist
- 1946 – Benny Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
- 1946 – Charles Dennis, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1946 – Trevor Pinnock, English harpsichord player and conductor
- 1946 – Tom Stern, American cinematographer
- 1947 – Ben Cross, English actor
- 1947 – Vincent Matthews, American sprinter
- 1947 – Martyn Poliakoff, English chemist and academic
- 1949 – Billy Gibbons, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- 1949 – Heather Hallett, English lawyer and judge
- 1950 – Claudia Cohen, American journalist (d. 2007)
- 1950 – Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist and manager (d. 2006)
- 1951 – Sally Emerson, English author and poet
- 1951 – Mike Flanagan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2011)
- 1951 – Robben Ford, American guitarist and songwriter
- 1951 – Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)
- 1951 – Aykut Barka, Turkish scientist (d. 2002)
- 1952 – Joel Garner, Barbadian cricketer and manager
- 1952 – Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer and manager
- 1953 – Rebecca Forstadt, American voice actress and screenwriter
- 1955 – Xander Berkeley, American actor and producer
- 1955 – Carol Browner, American lawyer and environmentalist, 8th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
- 1955 – Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
- 1955 – Chiharu Matsuyama, Japanese singer-songwriter
- 1956 – Lizzy Mercier Descloux, French musician, singer-songwriter, composer, actress, writer and painter (d. 2004)
- 1957 – Antonio Vega, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)
- 1958 – Bart Oates, American football player and lawyer
- 1959 – H. D. Kumaraswamy, Indian social worker and politician, 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka
- 1959 – Alexander Lebedev, Russian businessman and politician
- 1959 – Steve Mattsson, American author and illustrator
- 1960 – Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer and manager
- 1961 – André Andersen, Russian-Danish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
- 1961 – Shane Black, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- 1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian and musician (d. 1994)
- 1961 – LaChanze, American actress, singer, and dancer
- 1961 – Jon Tenney, American actor and director
- 1962 – Maruschka Detmers, Dutch-French actress
- 1962 – William Perry, American football player and wrestler
- 1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor and producer
- 1963 – Cathy Johnston-Forbes, American golfer
- 1963 – James Mangold, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1964 – Heike Drechsler, German sprinter and long jumper
- 1964 – John Kirwan, New Zealand rugby player and coach
- 1964 – Georgie Parker, Australian actress
- 1964 – Billy Ripken, American baseball player and sportscaster
- 1964 – Todd Glass, American comedian
- 1965 – Chris Jones, American baseball player and manager
- 1965 – Melanie Sloan, American lawyer and activist
- 1966 – Paul McGinley, Irish golfer
- 1966 – Clifford Robinson, American basketball player
- 1966 – Dennis Wise, English footballer and manager
- 1967 – Donovan Bailey, Canadian sprinter and sportscaster
- 1967 – Indrek Kaseorg, Estonian decathlete
- 1967 – Miranda Otto, Australian actress
- 1968 – Wendy Doolan, Australian golfer
- 1968 – Lalah Hathaway, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
- 1968 – Greg Kovacs, Canadian bodybuilder (d. 2013)
- 1969 – Simon Grayson, English footballer and manager
- 1969 – Adam Riess, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate
- 1969 – Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer
- 1969 – Dmitri Tymoczko, American composer and theorist
- 1969 – Craig White, English cricketer and coach
- 1969 – Kent Hehr, Canadian Politician
- 1970 – Valerie Chow, Canadian-Hong Kong actress and publicist
- 1971 – Seyhan Kurt, French-Turkish poet and sociologist
- 1971 – Michael McCary, American R&B singer
- 1972 – Charles Gipson, American baseball player
- 1972 – Paul Leyden, Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1972 – Travis Morrison, American singer-songwriter
- 1973 – Themba Mnguni, South African footballer
- 1973 – Scott Storch, American songwriter and producer, founded Storch Music Company
- 1975 – Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer and manager
- 1975 – Kaba Diawara, French-Guinean footballer
- 1975 – Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1975 – Paul Maynard, English politician
- 1976 – Jen Golbeck, American computer scientist and academic
- 1977 – Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1977 – Sylvain Distin, French footballer
- 1978 – John Morris, Canadian curler and firefighter
- 1978 – Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer and manager
- 1979 – Luke Harper, American wrestler
- 1979 – Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
- 1979 – Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter
- 1979 – Jessie Ward, American wrestler and producer
- 1980 – Danish Kaneria, Pakistani cricketer
- 1981 – Krysten Ritter, American actress, musician, and model
- 1981 – Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
- 1982 – Antrel Rolle, American football player
- 1982 – Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer, actress and television presenter
- 1982 – Stanislav Šesták, Slovak footballer
- 1983 – Kelenna Azubuike, American basketball player
- 1983 – Frankie Ballard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1984 – Theo James, English actor
- 1985 – Stanislav Manolev, Bulgarian footballer
- 1985 – James Nash, English race car driver
- 1986 – Alcides Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1986 – Zoltán Kovács, Hungarian footballer (d. 2013)
- 1986 – Pärt Uusberg, Estonian actor, composer, and conductor
- 1987 – Mame Biram Diouf, Senegalese footballer
- 1987 – Beau Dowler, Australian footballer
- 1987 – Hallee Hirsh, American actress
- 1988 – Mats Hummels, German footballer
- 1988 – Anna Popplewell, English actress
- 1989 – Mirei Kiritani, Japanese model, actress, and journalist
- 1992 – Ulrikke Eikeri, Norwegian tennis player
- 1992 – Anamul Haque, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1992 – Moe Miura, Japanese model, actress, and singer (9nine)
- 1992 – Pietro Perdichizzi, Belgian footballer
- 1992 – Tom Rogic, Australian footballer
- 1994 – Elliot Lee, English footballer
- 1994 – Nicola Murru, Italian footballer
- 1994 – José Rodríguez Martínez, Spanish footballer
- 1997 – Zara Larsson, Swedish singer and songwriter
- 1998 – Mira Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player
- 1999 – The Dolan Twins, American youtubers
- 604 – Houzhu, emperor of the Chen Dynasty (b. 553)
- 705 – Wu Zetian, Empress of the Zhou Dynasty (b. 624)
- 714 – Pepin of Herstal, Frankish statesman (b. 635)
- 867 – Eberhard of Friuli, Frankish duke (b. 815)
- 874 – Ado, archbishop of Vienne
- 882 – John VIII, pope of the Catholic Church
- 902 – Wei Yifan, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty
- 999 – Adelaide of Italy, Holy Roman Empress (b. 931)
- 1153 – Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester, Norman nobleman
- 1263 – Haakon IV, king of Norway (b. 1204)
- 1316 – Öljaitü, Mongolian ruler (b. 1280)
- 1325 – Charles, French nobleman (b. 1270)
- 1378 – Secondotto, marquess of Montferrat (b. 1360)
- 1379 – John FitzAlan, 1st Baron Arundel, English general and politician, Lord Marshall of England (b. 1348)
- 1470 – John II, duke of Lorraine (b. 1424)
- 1474 – Ali Qushji, Uzbek astronomer, mathematician, and physicist (b. 1403)
- 1515 – Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral and politician, 3rd Viceroy of Portuguese India (b. 1453)
- 1558 – Thomas Cheney, English diplomat and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
- 1583 – Ivan Fyodorov, Russian printer
- 1594 – Allison Balfour, Scottish witch
- 1598 – Yi Sun-sin, Korean general (b. 1545)
- 1669 – Nathaniel Fiennes, English soldier and politician (b. 1608)
- 1687 – William Petty, English economist and philosopher (b. 1623)
- 1751 – Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (b. 1700)
- 1774 – François Quesnay, French economist, physician, and philosopher (b. 1694)
- 1783 – Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer and educator (b. 1699)
- 1783 – Sir William James, 1st Baronet, Welsh-English commander and politician (b. 1720)
- 1805 – Saverio Cassar, Gozitan priest and rebel leader (b. 1746)
- 1809 – Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist and entomologist (b. 1755)
- 1859 – Wilhelm Grimm, German anthropologist and author (b. 1786)
- 1892 – Henry Yesler, American businessman and politician, 7th Mayor of Seattle (b. 1810)
- 1897 – Alphonse Daudet, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1840)
- 1898 – Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector (b. 1832)
- 1908 – American Horse, American tribal leader and educator (b. 1840)
- 1917 – Frank Gotch, American wrestler (b. 1878)
- 1921 – Camille Saint-Saëns, French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1835)
- 1922 – Gabriel Narutowicz, Lithuanian-Polish engineer and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Poland (b. 1865)
- 1928 – Elinor Wylie, American poet and author (b. 1885)
- 1935 – Thelma Todd, American actress and comedian (b. 1905)
- 1936 – Frank Eugene, American-German photographer and educator (b. 1865)
- 1940 – Eugene Dubois, Dutch paleoanthropologist (b. 1858)
- 1940 – Billy Hamilton, American baseball player and manager (b. 1866)
- 1943 – George Bambridge, English diplomat (b. 1892)
- 1944 – Betsie ten Boom, Dutch Holocaust victim (b. 1885)
- 1945 – Giovanni Agnelli, Italian businessman, founded the Fiat Automobile Company (b. 1866)
- 1945 – Fumimaro Konoe, Japanese lawyer and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1891)
- 1949 – Sidney Olcott, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1873)
- 1952 – Robert Henry Best, American journalist (b. 1896)
- 1956 – Nina Hamnett, Welsh painter and author (b. 1890)
- 1961 – Hans Rebane, Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1882)
- 1965 – W. Somerset Maugham, British playwright, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1874)
- 1968 – Futabayama Sadaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 35th Yokozuna (b. 1912)
- 1968 – Muhammad Suheimat, Jordanian general and politician (b. 1916)
- 1969 – Alphonse Castex, French rugby union player (b. 1899)
- 1969 – Soe Hok Gie, Indonesian activist and academic (b. 1942)
- 1970 – Oscar Lewis, American anthropologist of Latin America (b. 1914)
- 1974 – Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet and playwright (b. 1884)
- 1976 – Réal Caouette, Canadian journalist and politician (b. 1917)
- 1977 – Risto Jarva, Finnish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
- 1980 – Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (b. 1890)
- 1980 – Hellmuth Walter, German-American engineer (b. 1900)
- 1982 – Colin Chapman, English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars (b. 1928)
- 1983 – Debs Garms, American baseball player (b. 1907)
- 1984 – Karl Deichgräber, German philologist and academic (b. 1903)
- 1985 – Thomas Bilotti, American mobster (b. 1940)
- 1985 – Paul Castellano, American mobster (b. 1915)
- 1989 – Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1913)
- 1989 – Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (b. 1930)
- 1989 – Aileen Pringle, American actress (b. 1895)
- 1989 – Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925)
- 1990 – Douglas Campbell, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1896)
- 1991 – Eszter Tamási, Hungarian actress and journalist (b. 1938)
- 1993 – Moses Gunn, American actor (b. 1929)
- 1993 – Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese soldier and politician, 64th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1918)
- 1996 – Quentin Bell, English historian and author (b. 1910)
- 1997 – Lillian Disney, American illustrator and philanthropist (b. 1899)
- 1998 – William Gaddis, American author and academic (b. 1922)
- 2001 – Stuart Adamson, English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1958)
- 2001 – Stefan Heym, German-American soldier and author (b. 1913)
- 2003 – Robert Stanfield, Canadian economist, lawyer, and politician, 17th Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914)
- 2003 – Gary Stewart, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
- 2004 – Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
- 2004 – Deyda Hydara, Gambian journalist, co-founded The Point (b. 1946)
- 2004 – Agnes Martin, American painter and educator (b. 1912)
- 2005 – Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
- 2005 – Ed Hansen, American director and screenwriter (b. 1937)
- 2005 – John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
- 2006 – Don Jardine, Canadian wrestler and trainer (b. 1940)
- 2006 – Taliep Petersen, South African singer-songwriter and director (b. 1950)
- 2006 – Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist and educator (b. 1922)
- 2006 – Stanford J. Shaw, American historian and academic (b. 1930)
- 2007 – Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1951)
- 2009 – Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
- 2009 – Yegor Gaidar, Russian economist and politician, Prime Minister of Russia (b. 1956)
- 2009 – Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South African physician and politician, 22nd South African Minister of Health (b. 1940)
- 2010 – Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)
- 2011 – Robert Easton, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- 2011 – Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (b. 1938)
- 2012 – Elwood V. Jensen, American biologist and academic (b. 1920)
- 2012 – Jake Adam York, American poet and academic (b. 1972)
- 2013 – James Flint, English commander (b. 1913)
- 2013 – Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1926)
- 2013 – Marta Russell, American journalist, author, and activist (b. 1951)
- 2014 – Martin Brasier, English paleontologist, biologist, and academic (b. 1947)
- 2014 – Tim Cochran, American mathematician and academic (b. 1955)
- 2015 – Peter Dickinson, Rhodesian-English author and poet (b. 1927)
- 2015 – Lizmark, Mexican wrestler (b. 1950)
- 2015 – George Earl Ortman, American painter and sculptor (b. 1926)
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- 12/15/18--23:17: THIS DAY IN MUSIC
- 12/15/18--23:20: Article 4
- 12/15/18--23:39: Article 3
- 12/15/18--23:39: 16 ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΙΟΥ
- 12/15/18--23:40: Article 1
- 12/16/18--02:06: Ο ΣΑΚΗΣ ΡΟΥΒΑΣ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ
1791: οι πρώτες δέκα τροποποιήσεις του Συντάγματος των ΗΠΑ, γνωστές και ως Νομοσχέδιο των Δικαιωμάτων, γίνονται νόμος, μετά την επικύρωσή τους από την Πολιτεία της Βιρτζίνια.
1828: ο Κυβερνήτης Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας με θέσπισμα συνιστά τα πρώτα δικαστήρια στην Ελλάδα.
1832: γεννιέται ο Αλέξανδρος Γουστάβος ’ιφελ, Γάλλος πολιτικός μηχανικός και δημιουργός του περίφημου Πύργου του ’Αιφελ, που βρίσκεται στο Παρίσι.
1852: γεννιέται ο Αντουάν Μπεκερέλ, ο οποίος ανακάλυψε τη ραδιενέργεια και έδωσε το όνομά του στη μονάδα μέτρησής της. Για την ανακάλυψή του αυτή τιμήθηκε με Νόμπελ το 1903.
1874: ο βασιλιάς της Χαβάης Ντέιβιντ Καλακάουα επισκέπτεται στον Λευκό Οίκο τον Πρόεδρο Οδυσσέα Γκραντ και γίνεται έτσι ο πρώτος εν ενεργεία βασιλιάς, που επισκέπτεται τις ΗΠΑ.
1890: στη Νότια Ντακότα ο αρχηγός των Ινδιάνων Σιού, Καθιστός Ταύρος, συλλαμβάνεται ως επικεφαλής εξέγερσης και δολοφονείται σε επακόλουθη ανταλλαγή πυροβολισμών.
1892: γεννιέται ο Αμερικανός δισεκατομμυριούχος Ζαν Πολ Γκετί, ο οποίος είχε στην ιδιοκτησία του πάνω από 100 πετρελαϊκές εταιρίες.
1912: γεννιέται ο μουσικός της τζαζ Σταν Κέντον.
1920: οι Σύμμαχοι, μετά την επάνοδο του Κωνσταντίνου στο θρόνο, επιβάλουν οικονομικό αποκλεισμό στην Ελλάδα.
1925: ένα καινούργιο Madison Square Garden εγκαινιάζεται με τον αγώνα χόκεϊ Montreal Canadiens- NY Americans (3-1) στη Νέα Υόρκη.
1929: νέος Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας εκλέγεται ο Αλέξανδρος Zαΐμης.
1933: γεννιέται ο Τιμ Κόνγουεϊ, κωμικός ηθοποιός και σεναριογράφος.
1933: διεξάγεται το πρώτο test ματς στο κρίκετ, που διοργανώνεται στην Ινδία με νικήτρια την ομάδα της Αγγλίας.
1936: ο συγγραφέας Τζορτζ Όργουελ παρέδωσε το χειρόγραφό του Στις Φάμπρικες του Γουήγκαν Παίηρ (The Road to Wigan Pier), το οποίο είναι ένα χρονικό της δύσκολης ζωής των ανέργων της Βόρειας Αγγλίας.
1939: "κάνει πρεμιέρα στην Ατλάντα η θρυλική ταινία ""Όσα παίρνει ο άνεμος""."
1942: γεννιέται ο ’Αγγλος μουσικός Ντέιβ Κλαρκ.
1944: πεθαίνει ο Αμερικανός διευθυντης ορχηστρας Γκλεν Μίλερ, μια από τις σημαντικότερες προσωπικότητες της τζαζ.
1949: γεννιέται ο Αμερικανός ηθοποιός Ντον Τζόνσον.
1949: ο Νικόλαος Πλαστήρας δηλώνει ότι, ιδρύει το Κόμμα των Προοδευτικών Φιλελευθέρων.
1952: η Κίνα απορρίπτει σχέδιο της Ινδίας για κατάπαυση του πυρός στην Κορέα.
1956: "ο Πιερ Μποελέ διευθύνει στο Παρίσι, την παρθενική ερμηνεία του έργου του Καρλχάινς Στοκχάουσεν ""Λειτουργία του Χρόνου""(Zeitmasse)."
1959: στο πλαίσιο της περιοδείας του στην Ευρώπη, ο Πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ Ντουάιτ Αϊζενχάουερ επισκέπτεται την Ελλάδα.
1961: "ο ""αρχιτέκτονας""του Ολοκαυτώματος Αδόλφος ’Αιχμαν, καταδικάζεται σε θάνατο από το δικαστήριο εγκλημάτων πολέμου στο Τελ Αβίβ."
1961: ο ΟΗΕ αρνείται να δεχτεί την ένταξη της Λαϊκής Κίνας, ικανοποιώντας τις ΗΠΑ.
1962: "πεθαίνει ο Βρετανός ηθοποιός Τσαρλς Λότον, γνωστός από τους ρόλους του στις ταινίες ""Η ανταρσία του Μπάουντι""και ""Η ιδιωτική ζωή του Χένρι VIII""."
1965: οι δορυφόροι Gemini 6 και Gemini 7 συναντώνται στο διάστημα και κάνουν μαζί την τροχιά της Γης για περισσότερο από πέντε ώρες.
1966: πεθαίνει, σε ηλικία 65 ετών, ο Αμερικανός καρτουνίστας Γουόλτ Ντίσνεϊ και μπαίνει στην κατάψυξη, ελπίζοντας να αναστηθεί στο μέλλον με τη βοήθεια της τεχνολογίας.
1970: "το μη επανδρωμένο διαστημόπλοιο ""Venera 7""προσεδαφίζεται στην Αφροδίτη. Είναι το πρώτο ανθρώπινο δημιούργημα, που φτάνει σε άλλο πλανήτη και προτού καταστραφεί από την υψηλή θερμοκρασία και την πίεση στέλνει επί 23 λεπτά στη Γη πολύτιμες πληροφορίες."
1971: ο Μπομπ Κάουσι των Boston Celtics σημειώνει ρεκόρ στο ΝΒΑ με το 5.926ο του εύστοχο σουτ εντός του παιχνιδιού. Την καριέρα του συμπληρώνουν ο τίτλος του MVP του ΝΒΑ το 1957 και το ρεκόρ 30 εύστοχων βολών (4 από τις οποίες στις 4 παρατάσεις) στον αγώνα Boston Celtics - Syracuse Nationals 111-105.
1973: ο 16χρονος εγγονός του Αμερικανού δισεκατομμυριούχου Ζαν Πολ Γκέττυ, Ζαν Πολ Γκέττυ ΙΙΙ, τον οποίο είχε απαγάγει πέντε μήνες πριν μία ιταλική συμμορία, βρίσκεται ζωντανός στην Ιταλία αφού ο παππούς του πλήρωσε 2,7 εκατομμύρια δολάρια.
1973: ο Σάντι Χόλεϊ γίνεται ο πρώτος τζόκεϊ που κερδίζει 500 κούρσες σε ένα χρόνο.
1981: στην Αθήνα βρίσκεται ο ηγέτης της ΟΑΠ Γιάσερ Αραφάτ, ο οποίος θα συναντηθεί με τον πρωθυπουργό Ανδρέα Παπανδρέου για το Παλαιστινιακό.
1989: η Μόσχα ανακοινώνει το θάνατο του αγωνιστή των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων, συγγραφέα και νομπελίστα Αντρέι Ζαχάροφ.
1990: η Γενική Γραμματέας του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης, Κατερίν Λαλιμιέρ, συζητά στην Αθήνα το Κυπριακό.
1991: "471 είναι οι νεκροί από το ναυάγιο του αιγυπτιακού οχηματαγωγού πλοίου ""Σαλέμ Εξπρές"", στην Ερυθρά Θάλασσα."
1991: η Γερμανία επιβεβαιώνει την πρόθεσή της να αναγνωρίσει την Κροατία και τη Σλοβενία, παρά τις προειδοποιήσεις του ΟΗΕ για τυχόν παρεμπόδιση της ειρήνευσης στη Γιουγκοσλαβία.
1992: η πρώτη επίδειξη μόδας, μετά από δεκαετίες κομμουνιστικής διακυβέρνησης, πραγματοποιείται στην Αλβανία.
1992: ο Αμερικανός Μπόμπι Φίσερ παραπέμπεται στις ΗΠΑ με την κατηγορία ότι, παραβίασε τις οικονομικές κυρώσεις κατά της Γιουγκοσλαβίας, επειδή συμμετείχε σε σκακιστικό αγώνα με τον Μπόρις Σπάσκι στο Μαυροβούνιο.
1992: στην Ινδονησία, 2.500 νεκροί είναι ο τραγικός απολογισμός των θυμάτων από το σεισμό των 6,8 Ρίχτερ, που σημειώθηκε πριν δύο μέρες στο νησί Φλόρες.
1992: "το ""Sports Illustrated""ανακηρύσσει τον τενίστα ’Αρθουρ Ας ""Αθλητή της Χρονιάς""."
1993: οι ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΟΚ εγκρίνουν τη συμφωνία GATT για το παγκόσμιο εμπόριο.
1994: θύμα εκβιασμού και κακοποίησης από συμμαθητές του είναι ο μαθητής, που αυτοκτόνησε στην Ιαπωνία, ο τρίτος μέσα σε λίγες μέρες.
1994: στη Σουηδία, η Βουλή εγκρίνει τη συνθήκη ένταξης της χώρας στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση.
1995: 24ωρη απεργία κηρύσσει η ΕΣΗΕΑ με αίτημα την αλλαγή του νόμου των ΜΜΕ για την απόδοση του αγγελιόσημου.
1996: "η πρωτοβουλία Bosman αλλάζει τον χάρτη των ευρωπαϊκών σπορ. Η απόφαση του Ανώτατου Δικαστηρίου των Ευρωπαϊκών Κοινοτήτων στο Λουξεμβούργο αντιμετωπίζει κάθε παίκτη ως Ευρωπαίο εργαζόμενο και όχι ως ιδιοκτησία μιας ομάδας καταργώντας τη διάταξη της UEFA που περιόριζε μια ομάδα να έχει 3 ξένους και 2 νατουραλιζέ. Έτσι η UEFA αναγκάζεται να απαλείψει μια σειρά από παραγράφους ως πρώτο δείγμα αποδοχής του τελεσιγράφου της Κομισιόν που λήγει την 1/3/97. Ο Μανώλης Μαυρομμάτης μεταφράζει στα ελληνικά το κείμενο που κυκλοφορεί με τίτλο ""Η Επανάσταση στον Ευρωπαϊκό Αθλητισμό""."
1996: στις δημοτικές εκλογές στην Κύπρο, η συνεργασία ΑΚΕΛ-ΕΔΕΚ αναδεικνύει δημάρχους σε 15 πόλεις και η συνεργασία ΔΗΣΥ-ΔΗΚΟ σε πέντε.
1997: στην ανατολική Αφρική, τουλάχιστον 160 άτομα έχουν πεθάνει από χολέρα.
1998: σκοτώνονται σε τροχαίο ο πρωταθλητής στο μήκος Ντάγκλας ντε Σάουζα, κάτοχος του ρεκόρ Νοτίου Αμερικής με 8.40 και ο αθλητής του τριπλούν Γκουστάβο Λίμα Πίντο.
|December 15th: On this Day|
|1943, American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer Fats Waller died of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City, Missouri. Waller wrote many songs including 'Ain't Misbehavin', 'Your Feet's Too Big' and 'The Reefer Song'. In 1926 Waller was kidnapped at gunpoint in Chicago and driven to a club owned by gangster Al Capone. Inside the club he was ordered to perform at what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the gangster. He enjoyed success touring the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 1930s, appearing on one of the first BBC television broadcasts on September 30, 1938.|
|1944, Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a filling station. Their son, Randall Hank Williams, would achieve fame in his own right as Hank Williams, Jr., who was born on May 26, 1949. The marriage ended in divorce on May 29, 1952.|
|1944, American big-band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel while traveling to entertain US troops in France during World War II. Miller was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best-known big bands. In just four years Glenn Miller scored 23 No.1 hits. Miller's recordings include 'In the Mood', 'Moonlight Serenade', 'Pennsylvania 6-5000', and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'.|
|1956, Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.|
|1962, The Beatles played two separate shows at the same venue, the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard Majestic booking then at midnight, the first-ever "Mersey Beat" poll awards show took place. As poll winners, The Beatles closed the show (at 4:00 am).|
|1969, John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF 'Peace For Christmas' benefit. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and The Who's drummer, Keith Moon also took part.|
|1973, Charlie Rich started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the country & western ballad 'The Most Beautiful Girl', the singers only No.1 single, was also a No.2 hit in the UK.|
|1977, The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the USA two days before a scheduled NBC TV appearance. Johnny Rotten because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious because of 'moral turpitude' and Steve Jones because of his criminal record.|
|1979, U2 appeared at the Windsor Castle Pub, Harrow Road, London, admission was free.|
|1979, Pink Floyd started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' their only UK chart topper. The song, which was also the final No.1 single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger's Against the Wind.|
|1984, Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording.|
|1988, Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offences including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.|
|1990, Rod Stewart married New Zealand model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills. Stewart was quoted as saying 'I Found the Girl that I Want, I won't be putting my banana in anybody's fruit bowl from now on'. They split in 1999.|
|1997, 'Spice World The Movie', featuring The Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the 'worst film' at the Golden Raspberry Awards.|
|1998, Backstreet Boys roadie Michael Barrett filed a $3 million lawsuit against the group claiming damages after a 50-pound cannon fell on his head during a show.|
|1999, Boy George was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England.|
|1999, Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries. "I changed London with the Sex Pistols, I can change London as Mayor."|
|2001, American funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas died of heart failure aged 84. He began his career as a tap dancer, vaudeville performer, and master of ceremonies in the 1930s. He later worked as a disc jockey on radio station WDIA in Memphis. He recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Thomas scored the 1963 US No.10 single 'Walking The Dog' and the 1970 UK No.18 & US No.28 single 'Do The Funky Chicken' and the 1970 hit ‘(Do the) Push and Pull (1970). A street is named in his honour, just off Beale Street in Memphis.|
|2001, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in Ohio.|
|2002, Blue featuring Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.' Previously a No.11 hit for Elton in 1976. It gave Elton only his 5th No 1 after over 30 years of hits.|
|2003, Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. She was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.|
|2008, Madonna paid former husband Guy Ritchie around £50m as part of their divorce settlement. The singers US spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told The Associated Press the figure included the value of the couple's Ashcombe home in England, and the financial part of the settlement had been worked out but custody of the couple's children had yet to be finalised.|
|2010, Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single 'Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene' sold for £720. Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' sold for £624.00 and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett 'Octopus' / 'Golden Hair' from 1969, misspelt 'Barratt' corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300.|
|2014, Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fifth studio album 1989. The album eventually became the best-selling album of 2014 in the US market and had sold over 5.7 million copies by the end of 2015, while selling 9.5 million worldwide. Seven singles have been released from the set.|
|December 15th: Born on this day|
|1919, Born on this day, Max Yasgur, owner of the Woodstock farm where the 1969 festival was held. Yasgur died of a heart attack on 8th February 1973 aged 53.|
|1921, Born on this day, Alan Freed, American DJ. The man who gave 'Rock 'n' Roll' its name. Died 20th January 1965.|
|1938, Born on this day, Jerry Wallace, US singer, (1959 US No.8 single 'Primrose Lane').|
|1939, Born on this day, Cindy Birdsong, American singer The Supremes joined in 1968, when she replaced co-founding member Florence Ballard. Birdsong had previouly been a member of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles.|
|1942, Born on this day, English musician, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur Dave Clark, from English pop rock band, Dave Clark Five, who scored the 1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over', and the 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over' , plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles.|
|1946, Born on this day, Harry Ray, Moments, (1970 US No.3 single 'Love On A Two-Way Street', 1975 UK No.3 single 'Girls').|
|1946, Born on this day, Carmine Appice, drummer, Vanilla Fudge, (1968 US No.6 single 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'). Also a member of Beck, Bogart and Appice and the Rod Stewart band.|
|1947, Born on this day, American guitarist Bob Berryhill from The Surfaris who had the 1963 US No.2 & UK No.3 single 'Wipe Out.'|
|1949, Born on this day, Don Johnson, actor, singer, (Miami Vice), (1986 US No.5 & UK No.46 single, 'Heartbeat').|
|1954, Born on this day, Grammy-winning American musician Royce Jones best known for his work as a touring vocalist with the bands Steely Dan (in 1973 and 1974) and Ambrosia (joined 1978).|
|1955, Born on this day, Paul Simonon, bassist with The Clash, who had the 1979 UK No. 11 single 'London Calling' and the 1982 US No. 8 single 'Rock The Casbah. Their 1991 UK No.1 single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', was first released 1982.|
|1957, Born on this day, Tim Reynolds, American multi-instrumentalist with the Dave Matthews Band. Dave Matthews Band are the first group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at the top of the US charts.|
|1961, Born on this day, Nick Beggs, bass, Kajagoogoo, (1983 UK No.1 single 'Too Shy'), also a member of the Howard Jones band.|
|1979, Born on this day, Edele Lynch and Keavy Lynch, singers, B*Witched, (1998 UK No.1 single 'C'est La Vie').|
|1980, Born on this day, Sergio Pizzorno, guitar, vocals, Kasabian, (2005 UK No.8 single 'Cutt Off', 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Empire’). Kasabian won a Brit Award in 2010 for Best British Group.|
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|December 16th: On this Day|
|1965, Released as a double A side The Beatles 'Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out', became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966.|
|1966, The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe', was released in the UK on Polydor records, the track had been rejected by the Decca label. It went on to be a No.6 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in America. Chas Chandler, who was now managing Hendrix had seen Folk singer Tim Rose perform the song at the Cafe Wha? in New York City.|
|1967, The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' label.|
|1970, Five singles and five albums by Credence Clearwater Reviva were certified gold in the US. The singles were: ‘Down on the Corner’, ‘Lookin out My Back Door’, ‘Travelin' Band’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Up around the Bend’. The LPs were ‘Cosmo's Factory’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’, ‘Green River’, ‘Bayou Country’ and ‘Credence Clearwater Revival’.|
|1971, Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' film opened at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema in the UK. The film which also featured Ringo Star, covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville.|
|1972, Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Me and Mrs Jones', a No.12 hit in the UK. The song which describes an extramarital affair between a man and his lover, was later recorded by Michael Buble.|
|1974, Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.|
|1988, American soul and disco singer Sylvester James died of complications from AIDS in San Francisco aged 41. Scored the 1978 US No.36 & UK No.8 single 'You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real'. He sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin on her 1985 Who's Zoomin' Who’ Album.|
|1989, Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with his 11th studio release 'Storm Front'. The album featured one of Joel's three No.1 hits, 'We Didn't Start the Fire', a fast-paced song, mentioning some of the major historical events that took place in his time, and 'Leningrad', Joel's take on the end of the Cold War.|
|1991, Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada seeking $14million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song 'The Twist' had been used on a French fries commercial.|
|1993, MTV aired Nirvana's 'Unplugged' session for the first time. The album featured an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. Unlike many artists who appeared on the show, Nirvana filmed its entire performance in a single take with the band's fourteen-song setlist included six cover versions.|
|1997, American singer songwriter Nicolette Larson died aged 45 of complications arising from cerebral edema. Worked with Neil Young, (Comes a Time and Harvest Moon albums), Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson,Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers. Best known for her 1978 cover of Neil Young ‘Lotta Love’.|
|2000, The estranged father and former manager of LeAnn Rimes made embarrassing allegations during a legal battle involving millions of pounds. One fact told in court was that LeAnn paid her mother £6,700 every time she styled her hair before a show.|
|2001, Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home. His body was found in a closet in his room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu. The 43-year musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. Adamson had been due to face drunk-driving charges in March 2002 and had been ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. Adamson founded Scottish art-punk band Skids in 1977 and in the 1990s he founded alternative country rock act The Raphaels.|
|2001, Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra 1967 No.1 hit 'Somethin' Stupid'. The Christmas No.1 for this year. From William's album Swing When You're Winning.|
|2003, Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney's office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.|
|2004, Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.|
|2005, The surviving Beatles and relatives of the band's late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starrand relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.|
|2006, Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become "boring" and he had "dreaded going to see" its executives. McCartney told The Times that the company's handling of his music had become "symbolic of the treadmill". The ex-Beatle went on to sign a deal with Starbucks' label, Hear Music.|
|2007, American singer songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. The US singer, songwriter discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. Had the 1981 album ‘The Innocent Age’, which featured the hits ‘Leader of the Band,’ ‘Hard to Say,’ and ‘Run for the Roses.’|
|2011, An ultra-rare 'Beatles VI' in-store promotional poster sold at an eBay auction for $6,300. Seventeen bids were placed before the 20 - 28 inch rarity sold. Beatles VI Is Here! was printed in block letters across the top of the black-and-white photo of the Fab Four, with album art of the first five records printed along the bottom edge. Going, Going, Gone|
|2013, It was reported that Miley Cyrus had insured her infamous tongue for $1 million. A source told Heat magazine: "Miley's totally aware of how her tongue is getting more headlines than she is, and getting it insured is just part of her trademarked image. It's not the first time she's done something like this - when she first cut her hair short, she tried to get her new crop patented. She wanted it to become known as The Miley".|
|December 16th: Born on this day|
|1934, Born on this day, Karl Denver, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single 'Wimoweh', 1990 UK No.46 hit 'Lazyitis - One Armed Boxer' with Happy Mondays). Denver died on 21st December 1998.|
|1945, Born on this day, Tony Hicks, guitarist with British pop/rock group The Hollies who have scored over 30 top 40 hits, including 'Just One Look', 'Bus Stop', 'Carrie Anne', and later 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' and 'The Air That I Breathe'.|
|1946, Born on this day, Benny Andersson, Swedish musician, composer. In October 1964 he joined the Hep Stars as keyboardist and they made a breakthrough in March 1965 with their hit 'Cadillac', eventually becoming the most celebrated of the Swedish 1960s pop bands. With ABBA they scored the UK 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', followed by 8 other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums and the 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen'. Andersson was co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and Mamma Mia!. For the 2008 film version of Mamma Mia!, he worked also as an executive producer. Since 2001, he is active with his own band Benny Anderssons orkester.|
|1950, Born on this day, Bill Gibbons, American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. Moving Sidewalks (who opened for Jimi Hendrix on his first US tour). Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top's first album in 1971. He was ranked at number 32 on the 2011 Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.|
|1951, Born on this day, Robben Ford, American blues, jazz, and rock guitarist. He was a member of the L.A. Express and has collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss. He was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine.|
|1959, Born on this day, Steven Irvine, drummer from British pop band Lloyd Cole And The Commotions who had the 1985 UK hit single 'Brand New Friend'. Between 1984 and 1989, the band scored four Top 20 albums and five Top 40 singles in the UK.|
|1972, Born on this day, Michael McCary, from American R&B vocal group Boyz II Men, who had the 1992 US & UK No.1 single 'End Of The Road' which set a new record for longevity, staying at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley.|
|1997, Born on this day, Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Larsson. Her debut album, So Good was released in March 2017 and debuted at No.7 on the UK Albums Chart. She had the UK No.1 single 'Symphony with Clean Bandit.|
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