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15 December

533 – Roman Empire – Battle of Tricamarum (Vandalic War). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tricamarum

687 – Rome – Sergius I became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sergius_I

1161 – China – Emperor Wanyan Liang assassinated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanyan_Liang

1467 – Romania – Battle of Baia (Moldovian-Hungarian Wars). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baia

1778 – West Indies – Battle of St. Lucia (Anglo-French War). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St._Lucia

1862 – USA – Battle of Fredericksburg ended (American Civil War). http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/fredericksburg.html?tab=facts


1864 – USA – Battle of Nashville began (American Civil War). https://youtu.be/Y6hfmo529iA http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/nashville.html

1872 – USA – Earthquake measuring 7.3Mw, epicentre in North Cascades, Washington. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1872_12_15.php


1890 – USA – Sitting Bull killed. https://youtu.be/JVkY690i7pc  WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/events/native-history-sitting-bull-shot-by-indian-police-his-legacy-remains/  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitting_Bull

1906 – UK – Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway, London opened. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/modesoftransport/londonunderground/keyfacts/13175.aspx

1914 – Japan – Explosion at Mitsubishi Hojyo coal mine, Kyushu, 687 killed. http://www.mining-technology.com/features/feature-world-worst-coal-mining-disasters-china/

1941 – Ukraine – 15,000+ Jews killed at Drobytsky Yar (WWII). http://www.drobytskyyar.org/index.php?form_page=1&lang=en

1942 – USA – Western Air Lines plane crashed near Fairfield, UT, 17 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19421215-1

1942 – Solomon Islands – Battle of Mount Austin, the Galloping Horse & the Sea Horse began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mount_Austen,_the_Galloping_Horse,_and_the_Sea_Horse


1943 – New Guinea – Battle of Arawe began (New Britain Campaign, WWII). https://youtu.be/JAZ5cWgp1mo WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arawe

1943 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Düsseldorf (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1946 – Iran – Iran Crisis ended (Cold War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_crisis_of_1946

1948 – Colombia – LANSA plane crashed near Bogotá, 30 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19481215-1

1950 – Venezuela – AVENSA plane crashed near Páramo Las Siete Lagunas, 31 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19501215-0

1953 – Guatemala – Aviateca plane crashed at Cerro Tecpan, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19531215-0

1953 – Egypt – Misrair plane crashed near Cairo-Almaza Airport, 6 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19531215-1


1960 – USA – Richard Paul Pavlick arrested for attempted assassination of J F Kennedy. https://youtu.be/GBXLsOI1wFA http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2011/11/jfk_survived_assassination_att.html

1965 – USA – Gemini 6A launched. https://youtu.be/tRXSa8AadYU http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1965-104A


1967 – USA – Silver Bridge, Ohio collapsed, 46 killed. https://youtu.be/AHKmUl3Es1Y http://www.transportation.wv.gov/highways/bridge_facts/Modern-Bridges/Pages/Silver.aspx

1976 – Samoa – Joined the United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/members/

1976 – USA – Oil tanker Argo Merchant ran aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts, causing oil spill. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?18911

1981 – Lebanon – Car bomb at Iraqi Embassy in Beirut, 61 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_Iraqi_embassy_bombing

1994 – Palau – Joined the United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/members/

1995 – Thailand – Bangkok Treaty signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Asian_Nuclear-Weapon-Free_Zone_Treaty

1997 – United Arab Emirates – Tajikistan Airlines Flight 3183 crashed near Sharjah Airport, 85 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19971215-0

2001 – Italy – Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1712163.stm


2010 – Indian Ocean – Christmas Island Boat Disaster, 48 killed. https://youtu.be/09DBPieeMHw  WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Christmas_Island_boat_disaster

2013 – South Sudan – South Sudanese Civil War began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sudanese_Civil_War

2014 – Australia – Lindt Cafe hostage Crisis began. https://youtu.be/Tj4r-1yWf4k WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30490664


2015 – Kazakhstan – Soyuz launched, UK astronaut Tim Peake on board. https://youtu.be/r6q3l_1oY-0  http://www.space.com/31375-british-astronaut-launches-space-station-crew.html

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1974 – Great Pram Race.