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Notable Historical Events for December 15th

1986CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

1949Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

1997SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

1877Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1891James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)

2006B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

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

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

1982Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

1992Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

December 15th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 15th

1892J. Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil), (d. 1976)

1852Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), (d. 1908)

37Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, Antium, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)

1832Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], French engineer (Eiffel tower), (d. 1923)

1945Michael King, Wellington, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand)

1944Chico Mendes, Xapuri, Acre, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper (d. 1988)

December 15th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 15th

1990Actress Natasha Richardson (27) weds producer Robert Fox (37)

1989Actor and director George Clooney (28) weds actress Talia Balsam (30) in Las Vegas

1875Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island

1944Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.

1985Action star actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

1983Author Roald Dahl (36) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

December 15th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 15th

1942Actress Mary Astor (36) divorces film editor Manuel del Campo (29) after more than 4 years of marriage

2008Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

December 15th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 15th

1966Walt Disney, animator, dies at 65, put in suspended animation

1675Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

1890Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

2013Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

December 15th Deaths
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