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Notable Historical Events for December 15th

1877Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1930Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

1997SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

2011Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

1891James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)

1949Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

2006B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

1992Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

1986CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

1982Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

December 15th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 15th

37Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, Antium, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)

1945Michael King, Wellington, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand)

1944Chico Mendes, Xapuri, Acre, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper (d. 1988)

1832Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], French engineer (Eiffel tower), (d. 1923)

1892J. Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil), (d. 1976)

1852Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), (d. 1908)

December 15th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 15th

1985Action star actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

1990Rocker Rod Stewart marries super model Rachel Hunter

1875Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island

1989Actor and director George Clooney (28) weds actress Talia Balsam (30) in Las Vegas

1990Actress Natasha Richardson (27) weds producer Robert Fox (37)

1983Author Roald Dahl (36) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

December 15th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 15th

1942Actress Mary Astor (36) divorces film editor Manuel del Campo (29) after more than 4 years of marriage

2008Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

December 15th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 15th

2013Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

1675Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

1966Walt Disney, animator, dies at 65, put in suspended animation

1890Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

December 15th Deaths
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