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Notable Historical Events for December 15th

1877Thomas Edison patents phonograph

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

1992Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

1982Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

1891James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)

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

1949Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

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

1986CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

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

December 15th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 15th

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 15th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 15th

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

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

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

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

1990Rocker Rod Stewart marries super model Rachel Hunter

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

December 15th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 15th

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

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

December 15th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 15th

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

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

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

December 15th Deaths
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