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On this day, December 15th

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Updated: 12/13/2010 10:30 pm

Here are some of the things that happened on December 15th. 

1683, Izaak Walton, British author of The Complete Angler, died.

1890, Chief Sitting Bull of the Sioux Indians, was shot dead.

1913, the world's biggest battle-cruiser, HMS Tiger, was launched in Glasgow, Scotland.

1939, Gone With The Wind, starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, had its world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia.

1943, American jazzman Fats Waller died of alcoholic poisoning.

1961, Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to be hanged in Israel. He was believed to have been the brain behind the Holocaust.

1962, British actor Charles Laughton died.

1966, American movie producer Walt Disney died of lung cancer aged 65.

1982, Gibraltar's frontier with Spain was opened after 13 years.

1992, British author Ian Fleming's notes about James Bond were sold for $21,450 at a Sotheby's auction.

1998, Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat pledged to Bill Clinton, who became the first United States President to set foot on Palestinian-controlled land, that they would pursue peace with Israel without violence.

2000,  the third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.

2005, Latvia edits its constitution to ban equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

2009, Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle.


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