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December 15th Today's Highlights in History

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Tuesday, December 15th
The 349th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 15, 1916, the French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 15, 1892, J. Paul Getty, the American businessman and oil tycoon who controlled the Getty Oil Company, was born. Following his death on June 6, 1976, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 15, 1888, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about speculation concerning the cabinet appointments of President-elect Benjamin Harrison. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1791    The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect following ratification by Virginia.

1890    Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a clash with Indian police.

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    Bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.

1961    Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court.

1965    Two manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, maneuvered to within 10 feet of each other while in orbit.

1966    Movie producer Walt Disney died at age 65.

1978    President Jimmy Carter announced he would grant diplomatic recognition to Communist China on New Year's Day and sever official relations with Taiwan.

1989    A popular uprising began in Romania; it led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

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.

Current Birthdays

Mark Warner turns 55 years old today.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., turns 55 years old today.

76    Tim Conway
Comedian ("The Carol Burnett Show")

70    Cindy Birdsong
Singer (The Supremes)

69    Nick Buoniconti
Football Hall of Famer

67    Dave Clark
Rock musician, producer (The Dave Clark Five)

63    Carmine Appice
Rock musician (Vanilla Fudge)

60    Don Johnson
Actor ("Miami Vice")

57    Julie Taymor

55    Alex Cox
Director ("Repo Man," "Sid and Nancy")

55    Justin Ross

54    Paul Simonon
Rock musician (The Clash)

49    Doug Phelps
Country singer

48    Reginald Hudlin
Movie producer

46    Helen Slater

44    Molly Price

39    Michael Shanks
Actor ("Stargate SG-1," "Stargate: Atlantis")

37    Stuart Townsend

32    Kito Trawick
Crowd hyper (Ghostown DJs)

30    Adam Brody
Actor ("The O.C.")

27    George O. Gore II
Actor ("My Wife and Kids")

Historic Birthdays

J. Paul Getty

12/15/1892 - 6/6/1976
American oil tycoon
(Go to obit.)

31    Nero
12/15/AD 37 - 6/9/AD 68
Roman emperor

67    George Romney
12/15/1734 - 11/15/1802
English portrait painter

75    Joseph Moses Levy
12/15/1812 - 10/12/1888
English newspaperman; founded the London newspaper Daily Telegraph

85    Franklin Sanborn
12/15/1831 - 2/24/1917
American journalist and biographer

91    Gustave Eiffel
12/15/1832 - 12/28/1923
French civil engineer and designer of the Eiffel Tower

43    Niels Ryberg Finsen
12/15/1860 - 9/24/1904
Danish physician, founder of modern phototherapy and Nobel prize winner

76    Charles Duryea
12/15/1861 - 9/28/1938
American automobile inventor

70    Maxwell Anderson
12/15/1888 - 2/28/1959
American playwright

65    Kaare Klint
12/15/1888 - 3/28/1954
Danish architect and furniture designer

78    Harold Abrahams
12/15/1899 - 1/14/1978
English athlete and Olympic gold medalist

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