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2011Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

1992Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

1997SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

1930Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

1988Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks

1877Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1949Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

1982Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

1986CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

1891James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)

December 15th Historical Events
Date Event
533
Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron. 
687
St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon 
1124
Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II) 
1167
Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion. 
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. 
1488
Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round Cape of Good Hope 
1569
Westmoreland flees to Scotland 
1582
Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens prof of botany/medicine 
1582
Spanish Netherlands/Denmark/Norway adopt Gregorian calendar 
1586
Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp 
1593
State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft 
1612
German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope 
1640
Duke of Braganca crowned King Johan IV of Portugal 
1660
Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan 
1664
English colonizing Connecticut 
1667
Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War 
1680
Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal 
1688
Lord Delamere sides with King James II [NS 12/25] 
1745
Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen & Austria 
1791
1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania 
1791
US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval. Becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution 
1792
1st life insurance policy issued in US (Phila) 
1794
Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France 
1810
1st Irish magazine in US, Shamrock, is published 
1815
Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia 
1820
1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston 
1836
Patent Office burns in Wash, DC 
1854
1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia 
1859
GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun 
1863
Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign) 
1863
Romania is using for the first time a mountain railway (from Anina to Oravita). 
1864
Battle of Nashville, TN 
1864
Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, VA 
1868
Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō. 
1874
1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant 
1877
Thomas Edison patents phonograph 
1891
James Naismith invents basketball (Canada) 
1893
Dvoráks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall NYC 
1894
Cricket day 2 1st T Aus v Eng Aus 586 (Gregory 201) England 3-130 
1899
Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army) 
1905
The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin 
1907
In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after 
1909
Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League 
1913
Nicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 
1914
Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow 
1914
British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea 
1914
Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary 
1916
French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun 
1917
Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia 
1917
World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers. 
1918
American Jewish Congress holds it's 1st meeting 
1919
Edna St Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo," premieres in NYC 
1919
Fiume (Rijeka) declares it's Independence 
1922
IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague 
1925
1st hockey game at Madison Sq Garden, Mont Candiens 3, NY Americans 1 
1925
1st road with a depressed trough (Texas) opens to traffic 
1926
Facist national symbol elevated in Italy 
1927
Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads 
1929
Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro 
1930
Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw) 
1933
Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15 
1934
Fokker F18 Snip flies to Neth West Indies 
1935
Detroit Lions win NFL championship 
1935
Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Alekhine 
1936
KVL-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KEEN (now KING) 
1938
Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC 
1939
"Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta 
1939
1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware 
1939
Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Curacao 
1941
Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland 
1941
German submarine U-127 sinks 
1941
Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens/Heinrich Himmler falls faint 
1941
North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing 
1941
USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship 
1941
The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries. 
1942
Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs 
1944
Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel 
1944
Hizbu'allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms 
1944
US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star 
1944
US troops lands on Mindoro 
1945
John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest 
1946
Chic Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game 
1946
Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt 
1948
Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury 
1949
Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris 
1950
NYC's Port Authority opens 
1952
"Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances 
1952
Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation 
1952
KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1952
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias 
1953
WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1954
Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons 
1954
Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands 
1956
Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes 
1956
KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1956
WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1959
Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me" 
1961
Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel 
1961
Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time 
1961
JFK visits Puerto Rico 
1961
L J Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels 
1962
Vaughn Meader's "1st Family," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 wks 
1964
1st time 4 people in space 
1964
American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded 
1964
Canada adopts maple leaf flag 
1965
3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh 
1965
D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl," premieres in London 
1965
Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7) 
1965
Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde 
1965
William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th commissioner of baseball 
1966
"Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances 
1966
Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus 
1966
John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints 
1967
Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again" 
1967
Joe Garagiola joins Today Show panel 
1967
Silver Bay bridge (Oh-WV) collapes during afternoon rush hr, 34 die 
1967
The Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people. 
1969
Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom 
1969
SF Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones 
1970
Ferryboat capsized in Korean Strait drowning 261 
1970
S Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed 
1970
Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus) 
1970
Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election. 
1971
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1973
American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness 
1973
Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens 
1973
Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland 
1973
Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year 
1973
Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game 
1974
A's Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent (later signs with Yankees) 
1976
Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts' SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground 
1976
Jamaica premier Manley wins elections 
1976
Samoa becomes a member of the UN. 
1978
Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James 
1978
Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore 
1979
Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama 
1979
World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages 
1980
NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M 
1980
Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena 
1980
ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 yrs of administrative hassles in Warsaw 
1981
4th Emmy Sports Award presentation 
1981
NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503 
1982
Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants 
1982
Roy Williams, Teamsters pres, & 4 others convicted of bribery 
1982
Sao Tome & Principe constitution approved 
1982
Spain reopens border with Gibraltar 
1983
3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage 
1983
Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via El Paso, Kelly AFB 
1983
Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew 
1983
Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic," premieres in NYC 
1984
USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet 
1986
150 killed during race riot in Karachi 
1986
CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure 
1986
Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift 
1987
"Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston 
1988
Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks 
1991
"Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances 
1991
Deb Richard wins JBP Cup LPGA Match Play Golf Championship 
1992
Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year 
1992
WNew AM (1130) NYC resigns air, replaced by WBBR 
1993
C-130 flies into a Philippines hill & explodes, 16 killed 
1993
Haitian premier Robert Malval resigns 
1993
John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops 
1993
Lee Aspen resigns as secretary of defense 
1993
Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed 
1993
British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination 
1993
"Schindler's List", starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, is released 
1994
"Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 20 performances 
1994
John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier 
1994
Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia 
1994
Palau becomes a member of the UN. 
1995
Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland 
1995
The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another. 
1996
Dottie Pepper & Juli Inkster win LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches 
1996
Jim Colbert & Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches 
1996
Tom Lehman & Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches 
1997
SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16 
2001
The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean. 
2005
Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry. 
2005
Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF. 
2005
Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service. 
2005
The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began. 
2006
First flight of the F-35 Lightning II. 
2006
B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush 
2009
Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington. 
2011
Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003 
2012
18 Asylum seekers drown in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece from Turkey 
2013
Michelle Bachelet is elected President of Chile 
2013
China successfully lands its moon rover on the moon 
2016
Yahoo Says 1 Billion User Accounts Were Hacked 
2016
Dollar near 14-year peak after Fed increases rate hike projections 
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