#TodayInHistory – December 15

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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  1. […] pier had realized that old age had made him need more attention. Ettore passed away on this day, December 15, 2019, at the age of nineteen. His memory, however, in addition to living in the hearts of those […]

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