What happened this day in history December 15

What are the important events that happened on December 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 15 is the 349th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 16 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 2, 2023 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,376,640 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetracontaenneagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac 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 57 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,011 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 15 Historical Events

  • 1864
    In the Battle of Nashville, Union forces under George H. Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of Tennessee under John B. Hood.
  • 1941
    Holocaust: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
  • 1970
    South Korean ferry Namyong Ho capsizes off Korean Strait killing 308.
  • 1973
    The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
  • 1976
    The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts, causing one of the worst marine oil spills in history.
  • 2005
    Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • 2006
    First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
  • 2009
    Boeing’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 15?

  • 1860
    Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1904)
  • 1878
    Hans Carossa, German writer (d. 1956)
  • 1899
    Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • 1912
    Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager (d. 2007)
  • 1940
    Nick Buoniconti, American football player
  • 1943
    Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist
  • 1953
    J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • 1960
    Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • 1986
    Xiah, South Korean singer (TVXQ)

Who died on December 15?

  • 1673
    Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
  • 1715
    George Hickes, English minister and scholar (b. 1642)
  • 1855
    Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1878
    Alfred Bird, chemist (b. 1811)
  • 1947
    Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • 1980
    Dimitrios Partsalidis, Greek politician (b. 1905)
  • 1980
    Kostas Biris, Greek architect, city planner and folklorist (b. 1899)
  • 1989
    Edward Underdown, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 2010
    Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2011
    Bob Brookmeyer, American jazz musician (b.1929)

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