What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 16 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 2, 2019 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,272,800 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 41 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 2,550 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 15 Historical Events

  • 1256
    Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol 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.
  • 1941
    Holocaust: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
  • 1994
    Palau becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 2010
    A boat carrying 90 asylum seekers crashes into rocks off the coast of Christmas Island, Australia, killing at least 30 passengers.

Who were born on December 15?

  • 1926
    Nikos Koundouros, Greek film director
  • 1947
    Rodney Bingenheimer, American radio personality
  • 1967
    Mo Vaughn, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Adam Brody, American actor
  • 1985
    Diogo Fernandes, Brazilian footballer

Who died on December 15?

  • 1230
    King Otakar I of Bohemia (b. 1155)
  • 1855
    Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1985
    Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritian politician (b. 1900)
  • 2003
    Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2008
    León Febres Cordero, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1931)

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