Today in History, December 15th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 15th!

1862 Nathan B. Forrest crosses the Tennessee River at Clifton with 2,500 men to raid the communications around Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1862 In New Orleans, Louisiana, Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler turns his command over to Nathaniel Banks. The citizens of New Orleans hold farewell parties for Butler, “The Beast,” but only after he leaves.
1864 The battle at Nashville begins.
1890 As U.S. Army soldiers attempt to arrest Sitting Bull at his cabin in Standing Rock, South Dakota, shooting breaks out and Lt. Bullhead shoots the great Sioux leader.

Death of Sitting Bull

Death of Sitting Bull

1903 The British parliament places a 15-year ban on whale hunting in Norway.
1916 The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
1920 China wins a place on the League Council; Austria is admitted.
1924 The Soviet Union warns the United States against repeated entry of ships into Soviet territorial waters.
1938 Washington sends its fourth note to Berlin demanding amnesty for Jews.
1938 Ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1939 The movie “Gone With the Wind” had its world premiere in Atlanta.
1944 The battle for Luzon begins.
1944 Bandleader Glenn Miller’s U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.
1946 Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh sends a note to the new French Premier, Leon Blum, asking for peace talks.
1961 Adolf Eichmann, the former German Gestapo official accused of a major role in the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews, is sentenced by a Jerusalem court to be hanged.
1965 The United States drops 12 tons of bombs on an industrial center near Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam.
1966 Movie producer Walt Disney died at age 65.
1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the meat bill in the presence of Upton Sinclair, the author of the controversial book The Jungle.

Lyndon Johnson with Upton Sinclair

Lyndon Johnson with Upton Sinclair

1972 The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women.
1989 A popular uprising that led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu began in Romania.
2003 The late Sen. Strom Thurmond’s family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams’ claim that she was Thurmond’s illegitimate mixed-race daughter.
2004 American telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced they would merge in a $35 billion deal.
2005 Millions of Iraqis turned out to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election.
2009 The Washington, D.C. City Council voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
2010 The U.N. Security Council gave a unanimous vote of confidence to the government of Iraq by lifting 19-year-old sanctions on weapons and civilian nuclear power.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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