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#TodayInHistory – December 15

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December 15 – Some important events on this day.

533 👉🏼 Byzantine General Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron
1256 👉🏼 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia
1488 👉🏼 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope
1582 👉🏼 Spanish Netherlands, Denmark and Norway adopt the Gregorian calendar
1593 👉🏼 State of Holland grants patent on windmill with a crankshaft
1612 👉🏼 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
1791 👉🏼 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
1840 👉🏼 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
1859 👉🏼 GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of the Sun
1863 👉🏼 Romania’s mountain railway, from Anina to Oravita, opens
1939 👉🏼 “Gone With the Wind”, drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)
1970 👉🏼 Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)
1973 👉🏼 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness

2019 👉🏼 Cat Ettore passed away at the age of nineteen.
His memory, however, has taken on a concrete form in the pier of Viareggio, Italy: a bronze statue, right in the point where he used to wait for his fishermen friends.

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